Item description for Jonesing for Byzantium by Ward Abel L....
The poems in Jonesing For Byzantium are loosely combined into an ode to the Piedmont skree, both human and natural, that inhabits the countryside in Georgia (USA): the dark and the light; the reds and greens; the living and dead. These pieces attempt to communicate how the remoteness of the rural American South ultimately relates to the outer and inner realms of the poet and reader alike. Like the world, this poet's home is in a state of constant change now, as the landscape is no longer isolated nor as simple as 'agriculture' and 'shoulder-room.'
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.3" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.4" Weight: 0.25 lbs.
Release Date Oct 31, 2006
Publisher UKA Press
ISBN 190579603X ISBN13 9781905796038
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A Poetry Masterclass Jul 13, 2007
There is a sublimity and smoothness to many of the poems in 'Jonesing' which would appear to take years to master, but Abel makes the sonics and skill of poetics look easy. He's obviously a songwriter as his biography states. Beautiful overtures are heard throughout this collection which evoke the American South and the extraordinary discovered in the ordinary.
There were too many favourites, but here's the first stanza of one of them:
'So you, this is you virtual now, a figure where woods thin to open-ness, silhouetted at first then clearer.