The Ancient Heart of Sandy

My photographs always appeared too sweet,
and I never managed to reflect accurate songs
from my ancient heart out through my two
sugary eyes. Even my girlish cheeks betrayed
an affection for the comforts of modern England.

But never was I betrayed by my heart, never by
that olden beast, for it was there that screams
and trials pumped, peasant wearies and crusades
jumped fiery words forth from quilled pens . . .
it was there that pulsed the great desire

of the race to rise somehow from this mud
of the breathing ones, after falling
and falling again and again back
into our slippery selves, yet always,
incessantly, finding a cause to rise.

Nay, nay, nay . . . yea, nay, nay,
this is our way to find ourselves along
in the midst of the great muddy battle
of what it means to be alone in the breathing,
and this was the way of my aged heart’s song.

Joan in the Fires
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.”
history of souls poetry

Listen to Music by Joan in the Fires

Play Wild Mouse
Play Folds
Play Sylvia Raises a Slender, White Hand
Play Variations on Emily
Play Primal Peals of Learning
Play Joan in the Fires
Play Song For the Morning
Play Make Me a Home
Play This Love
Play Cicero Thrusts His Head
Play Centurion Hesitates At the Lake
Play For You
Play Secret of Life
Play Everywhere I’ve Been
Play Bonus – Song For the Morning, acoustic

Joan in the Fires

Joan in the Fires

Folk Singer

Jessie Doyle is a Virginia singer/songwriter of folk, folk rock, and roots music, currently living in central Virginia. She released many of her own compositions, and fronts the Americana group, Folk Medicine. She recently launched a collaboration with writer/poet Ward Kelley, which can be found at Joan in the Fires.

Jessie is the consummate free spirit, whether in her music, choice of favored instruments (uke & banjo) or living style – she spent four years at the Virginia commune, Twin Oaks International Community, saying, ”It was a great four years in which I felt like I could really be myself. My time spent there is irreplaceable.”  …  READ MORE

history of souls second edition

history of souls by Ward Kelley.

Author, poet, and lyricist Ward Kelley is now offering a second version of "history of souls". This book offers poetry that encompasses a number of themes:

Magical realism: Literature that looks at fables, myths, and allegory in the rational world.

Reincarnation: The philosophical and/or religious concept that the soul or spirit, after death, can begin a new life in a new body to learn new experiences and gain knowledge.

Metaphysics: A traditional branch of philosophy concerned with nature of being and the world that surrounds it.

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