by Ward Kelley
There is nothing we could say better about this CD than that which has
been said in reviews by some of the best and most respected poets around
the world today; these are included below:
"It's a wonderful CD. Superb." -- Janet I. Buck
"Bravo, maestro, bravo!" -- Dr. John Horvath, Jr.
"A masterpiece. This is a classic that's sure to find it's way into many languages." -- Summer Breeze
"I highly recommend it." -- Pasquale Capocasa, editor of Poems Niederngasse
Janet I. Buck
David Jackson's musical score is subtle, penetrating, and it heightens
the power of Kelley's message by respecting its tone at every move. comedy
incarnate is not commentary but issuance. Kelley takes the meat of
a soul and draws it up through a straw of song and we drink from the capable
cups of his hands. The recesses of the deep are not fire and brimstone,
never predictable, but raw emeralds in a forest that beckons us.
Dr. John Horvath, Jr.
Ward Kelley presents a thorough and consistent view of the other side, that oblivion which the "breathing ones" like ourselves ignore -- the ever-present world we "nothe" as "nothing." The wondrous complexity of comedy incarnate is appropriately supported by the music behind Kelley's ease of reading and comfort with the text. Death is soothing.
comedy incarnate is Ward Kelley doing Dante's Divine Comedy
a descent into death and dreams, hell as what we each make it, and our
personal responsibility for the contemporary sensuality and commercialism
that destroys the soul. It is a world of fabulous images that should last
in our culture. And the guides through hell are a series of wayward women
from history who comment on our times from their vantage point in the timeless
world beyond. There are adult images here, handled with care and sensitivity.
Rather than sex for the voyeur, Kelley shows us the all-consuming passion
of the saints . . . ecstatic rather than erotic, thus all the more erotic.
Bravo, maestro, bravo!
Lines I had to jot down as brilliant: "mist preferred over fog," "the child-woman radiated her acceptance," "sin against sin," that one will hold on, "thinking themselves out of hell" this should be a new caption for Rodin's thinker.
David Jackson's musical background helps draw the listener to full attention,
attuned to the placement of poems on a background of forest with just the
right amount of light. Kelley's reading voice is like a musical instrument
. . . I'm thinking of a giant tree where they used to get sounding boards
for pianos. This work will touch many people in many ways, all good, in
the evolution of souls.
His web site is www.wardkelley.com
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