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Issue 21: 1 Jan. 2024
Poem: 60 words
By L. Ward Abel


A few days before 
	the war started 
I heard a long 
	program of 
Debussy; it was 
	that the station 
wasn’t clear 
and fitting 
I wasn’t in Berlin 
	or Kandahar 
or Havana or Beijing 
	or Carthage 
or Stalingrad 
here, drenched under 
Jefferson’s tree 
	in the middle 
	of old pastures 
only suited 
	to cattle 
and the scattering 
of stones. 
L. Ward Abel’s
Issue 21 (1 January 2024)

work has appeared in hundreds of journals (Rattle, Versal, The Reader, Worcester Review, Main Street Rag, and others), and he is the author of four full collections and ten chapbooks of poetry, including his latest collection, Green Shoulders: New and Selected Poems 2003–2023 (Silver Bow, 2023). He is also a composer and performer of music (as Max Able; with Abel, Rawls and Hayes; and presently with Abel and Rawls), releasing twelve albums over the past thirty-five years. Abel resides in rural Georgia.

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