Ward Kelley’s stories and poems appear in hundreds of journals worldwide. He has now ventured into the world of music by writing lyrics for various artists and bands. You can find Ward’s book information on this website, as well as his lyrics, music, articles about the process of and writing his lyrics, and more.

Ward is a three-time Pushcart Prize nominee whose publication credits include such journals as: Plainsongs, Karamu, Another Chicago Magazine, Strange Horizons, Spillway, GSU Review, Rattle, The Chaffin Journal, Midstream, Zuzu’s Petals, Ginger Hill, Sunstone, Pif, Whetstone, Melic Review, Thunder Sandwich, Potpourri and Skylark. The recipient of the Nassau Review Poetry Award for 2001. Vist Ward’s Amazon Authors page.

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 Follow Lyricist Ward Kelley, owner of Ward Kelley Artist, explains, in his own words, the song lyrics and/or ideas behind the songs.

What is Theological Magical Realism Fictional Literature

What is Theological Magical Realism Fictional Literature... explained.
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Salem’s Shot – Peter Salem – Poem by Ward Kelley

Artist’s note: A monument, in 1882, was placed over the grave of Peter Salem, a free black man who fought at the battle of Bunker Hill. On June 17, 1775, at a crucial moment in the battle, British Major John Pitcairn attempted to rally his men with the cry, “The day is ours!” when Salem, a former slave, shot him through the head.
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Thou Has Nor Youth Nor Age Poem S. Eliot (1888-1965)

S. Eliot (1888-1965) was arguably the most influential poet of the 20th century. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Eliot was educated at Harvard, but then moved to England where he became a British citizen in 1927. Best known for his poems "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," and "The Waste Land," Eliot was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1948. According to Eliot's instructions, his tomb was engraved with the phrase, “in the beginning is my end, in the end is my beginning.” The title of the above poem was taken from the dedication to his poem "Gerontion."
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The Ancient Heart of Sandy – Sandy Denny

Sandy Denny (1947-1978), English folk singer, died tragically at a young age when she fell down the steps at a friend’s home and went immediately into a coma. She passed away four days later. One of the many songs she penned was an instrumental she co-authored, “The Lord Is In This Place, How Dreadful Is This Place.”
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Election Song 2016

With Anastasia’s deep roots in Indiana, we wanted to write a song about the Midwestern state, and while thinking about all the images to describe Indiana – the farmlands, rural towns, basketball, industrialized cities – one overarching thing became clear. There is a powerful, nearly overwhelming, love of country here in the heartland, transcending all else. A quick look at the news, and the verses nearly wrote themselves.
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DIVINE MURDER – – A novel

DIVINE MURDER draws the reader ever deeper into a spellbinding web of mystery. It is sheer escapism yet with a disturbing plausibility and philosophical logic underpinning each strange twist of the tale.

Keenly Alive – – A novel

Keenly Alive: Can a succinct love – perhaps a future wife – and the meaning of life be found, then lost, then rediscovered, all in a brief span of a single serendipitous month?

Histories of Souls

Enter the soulful world of Ward Kelley as he poetically pens epiphanies enriched by the historical figures of yesteryear. Venture into the very depths of humanity’s history and discover the voices that speak volumes to this poet who pierces, philosophically, the souls of our past.

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Salem’s Shot – Peter Salem – Poem by Ward Kelley

Artist’s note: A monument, in 1882, was placed over the grave of Peter Salem, a free black man who fought at the battle of Bunker Hill. On June 17, 1775, at a crucial moment in the battle, British Major John Pitcairn attempted to rally his men with the cry, “The day is ours!” when Salem, a former slave, shot him through the head.

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Thou Has Nor Youth Nor Age Poem S. Eliot (1888-1965)

S. Eliot (1888-1965) was arguably the most influential poet of the 20th century. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Eliot was educated at Harvard, but then moved to England where he became a British citizen in 1927. Best known for his poems “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” and “The Waste Land,” Eliot was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1948. According to Eliot’s instructions, his tomb was engraved with the phrase, “in the beginning is my end, in the end is my beginning.” The title of the above poem was taken from the dedication to his poem “Gerontion.”

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Election Song 2016

With Anastasia’s deep roots in Indiana, we wanted to write a song about the Midwestern state, and while thinking about all the images to describe Indiana – the farmlands, rural towns, basketball, industrialized cities – one overarching thing became clear. There is a powerful, nearly overwhelming, love of country here in the heartland, transcending all else. A quick look at the news, and the verses nearly wrote themselves.

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A Compelling, Haunting Tale from Ward Kelley – Amazon review by S. Russell

DIVINE MURDER draws the reader ever deeper into a spellbinding web of mystery. It is sheer escapism yet with a disturbing plausibility and philosophical logic underpinning each strange twist of the tale. The two central characters are well-developed, especially Zoe, who is a strong and resourceful woman, always one jump ahead of her husband in unraveling the truth behind everything that happens on her journey with him. I thoroughly recommend this compelling story concerning the divine, the diabolical and the struggles of two mortals to discover their momentous destiny.

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My Halloween Experience With Emily Dickinson

I played hooky one morning, and drove to Amherst, happily arriving on time at the Dickinson house. The door was opened by a pretty UMASS co-ed, and I shortly realized I was the sole participant on the tour, not exactly a visit to Graceland where I would have been in a crowd, but who cares? This was Emily’s home.

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Lyricist thoughts on Contessa of the Willows by Entrance Way

Read the lyrics of the song, along with the lyricist’s thoughts about the song. Understand the meaning and the depth of the song by reading the lyricist’s motivations for writing it.  In Contessa of the Willows the singer explores the stressed relationship he has with a woman who constantly seeks to find sadness in her otherwise happy circumstances. He loves her greatly, but …. read on

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Reincarnation Themed Music and Lyrics

As the lyricist of all the songs on the CD, I must admit I rarely miss a chance to weave Reincarnation references into my lyrics. But three songs in particular deal with Reincarnation directly.  Where there’s no scientific proof for Reincarnation, or for any other theology for that matter, the Ian Stevenson books come the closest so far as documenting cases of Reincarnation he directly studied. But a scientist to the end, Stevenson can’t bring himself to claim he’s proven the existence of Reincarnation, although his case studies are extremely compelling.

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