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histories of souls
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Publisher:  Word Wrangler ISBN-10:  1586300261 Type: 


Copyright:  Oct 1 2000

An ebook of poetry in which Kelley examines historical themes and fleshes out his theory that poems are reverse prayers.

Enter the soulful world of Ward Kelley as he poetically pens epiphanies enriched by the historical figures of yesteryear. Venture into the very depths of humanity's history and discover the voices that speak volumes to this poet who pierces, philosophically, the souls of our past.

There is naught that can cure the soul but the senses, and only the senses shelter the soul. Satisfy your soul's skepticism toward the relevance of history to our present and listen as Ward's words enunciate new truths. You will find yourself within these lines as you travel through the "histories of souls."
Why does a man stay in place after the very gods
have fled? Is this the nature of a man . . .
to rail against the inevitable world,
while it is in the nature of gods to dissipate at whim?
One must stand, while others are smoke
for the awe of future generations.

I cannot imagine this place without myself . . .
I touch the marble, still moist,
and fear I sense the dawn nearing,
yet I see it is still better to be a man than a god
when death arises with the breaking day,
for men may readily complete themselves
while gods can only cry at the results
of their fornications.

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Excerpt From Letter
To the Israeli poet, Elisha Porat: For years I had been writing and publishing various 'types' of poems. The main topics fell under three groups: 'bio poems,' 'love poems' which dealt with past civilizations, and 'poems from the dead ones,' or what would the dead ones say to us if they could speak. I really never knew where I was going with these types until after your suggestion to publish a book. When I began to choose the poems, these three main types abruptly congealed. I saw that they told a story, and that for years I had been toiling on a story with three different pieces. Once I lined up the segments for the book, I saw the story: 1) We live lives of great emotion. 2) We greatly strive for love across the centuries. 3) We die with great conclusions that might be able to be passed backwards. So I was happy with the book; but actually much happier lining up the poems into three segments. In a way it brought a sense of literary order to the past three or four years. And to me this is the most fascinating part of poetry -- from where does this stuff come? --Ward Kelley

John Horvath, Jr. editor of PoetryReparShop
Ward Kelley re-creates history as did the first poets who retold the day's events. His biographical style recalls men and women alive at the center of events. Readers of "histories of souls" will witness, survive and gain deeper insight from those events.

Pasquale Capocasa, editor of Poems Niederngasse
I highly recommend Kelley for his solid writing. A few more words came to mind when reading him: Lovely! Excellent! Unique! Well-Done! Fine-Tuned! Well worth the price!

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