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Poetry by Ward Abel 

Poet, music composer (Max Able / Abel, Rawls & Hayes), and spoken-word performer (Scapeweavel) L. Ward Abel lives in rural Georgia, and has had his poems widely published in the U.S., Europe and Asia.  He is the author of  Peach Box and Verge (Little Poem Press, 2003) and Jonesing for Byzantium (UK Author's Press, 2006).




© 2007 Ward Abel






Two Georgia Blues


I. Conjuring a Kindred Spirit


He died in Milledgeville

was buried in Thompson,

but the year of his passing Blind

Willie still lived in Atlanta  

not far from St. Joseph's

Hospital, and I, without reach

behind glass, was a newborn there.

On that Saturday morning

McTell snuck up to the baby hall:


he envisioned me.  Point blank, 1959.



II. Piano Red


Wonder if anyone knew Red

years later.  At his out of tune

piano.  In a pizza place.  I backed

him up with a set.  Sometimes in

youthful exuberance my own song

was an opera.  But, retirement

wasted on the old, he said to me

"good job, man," after my last one,

just before he


absolutely wrote the book.






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