The Joy of Refusing

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[By: Jerry W. Ward Jr.] From a pre-future vantage, one can discover the joy of refusing. Refusing or resisting is neither an innate virtue nor a vice, despite the fact that one must ultimately account for the moral properties of one’s actions . Refusing is an opportunity to live with the alternatives that might better identify one’s historicity. Consider the outcomes of refusing to read […]


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[By Jerry W. Ward, Jr.] Dear  Congresspersons:                 Either indirectly or directly, all of you are responsible for creating the political climate that encouraged American citizens, with the help of the Electoral College, to elect President Trump.  In the spirit of trying to perpetuate  a liberal democracy , citizens voted.  A number of feel cheated. We have been cheated as  the MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN mantra resounds throughout  the United States. In this Republic, which […]

Lorenzo Thomas (1944-2005)

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[Jerry W. Ward Jr.] Lorenzo Thomas (1944-2005) As I reread a few of Lorenzo Thomas’s essays and poems, I recall  the first line of Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl” —      “I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving                hysterical naked….” The single word in the beginning of Ginsberg’s semi-autobiographical, derivative tribute to Walt Whitman […]

Strong Readers Reading the Difficult Long Poem

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A metronome does not measure the pleasure of reading a long poem. The pleasure exists, outside of time, in a reader’s total aesthetic experience of bringing something to the poem and taking away much more than she or he arrived with. Only strong readers survive, and some of them opt to transform knowledge gained into actions. Others hoard their intellectual wealth. In American time-and-capital-driven cultures […]

Celebrating National Poetry Month

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Here at HBW we are kicking off National Poetry Month! Check out this newest piece from Jerry W. Ward, Jr. Salvo for American Poetry Month Nikki Giovanni’s persona poem “Phillis Wheatley” is the foreword to Richard Kigel’s Heav’nly Tidings from the Afric Muse: The Grace and Genius of Phillis Wheatley (St. Paul, MN: Paragon House, 2017). The poem is typical of Giovanni’s recent work, plain words in economic stanzas, and noticeably in opposition […]