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poems of the South
by L. Ward Abel

  • ISBN 978-1-61019-229-3
  • $8.50 US paperback
  • Release date: 20 April 2016

Echoing across the Jordan River and back again, navigating among languages that have just walked away, L. Ward Abel’s poems traverse overgrown ruins, seeing all – transforming all they see. Abel is one of those rare poets who can dig deep below where we live, down to where a “swelling without sound / meets and greets and holds on to all / that is…”

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L. Ward Abel, poet, composer and performer of music, teacher, and retired lawyer, lives in rural Georgia. He has been published hundreds of times in print and online, and is the author of Peach Box and Verge (Little Poem Press, 2003), Jonesing For Byzantium (UK Authors Press, 2006), The Heat of Blooming (Pudding House Press, 2008), Torn Sky Bleeding Blue (erbacce-Press, 2010), American Bruise (Parallel Press, 2012), Cousins Over Colder Fields (Finishing Line Press, 2013), Roseorange (Flutter Press, 2013), and the forthcoming A Jerusalem of Ponds. To learn more, please visit him at:


“Ward isn’t a poet of today. He writes in a no-time where the present is already dust and the dust is alive with ancient presence. This lyrical and enviably understated but profound book is off the grid, overgrown with kudzu, loamy, Gautama-silent and patient, content — and amused — that it will be outlived and buried by a wordless wisdom and the perfection of decay.”

— David Herrle, author of Abyssinia, Jill Rush and Sharon Tate and the Daughters of Joy, editor of


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