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What we have here is a poet who dances with angels and/or jazz masters. When you say his words out loud you hear the syllabled beats of a rhythm master. Far too few contemporary poets are as profound in their use of sound as is this DC-born, Mississippi educated (in both the formal and informal sense of receiving an education), New Orleans-based wordsmith. Any of us can hit a lick once or twice, but to fractal the poetic, to weave and re-weave, and weave again a poetic pattern of words, and to do so with economy, with sense and sensibility (as it were), well, dear reader, that is indeed, a special music worthy of dance as in a second-line celebration. Jerry W. Ward, Jr. has been a long-time resident of New Orleans, Louisiana where he is a an internationally known Distinguished Scholar and professor of English and African American World Studies at Dillard University, New Orleans, LA and is also Distinguished Overseas professor at Central China Normal University in Wuhan, China. He has numerous publications and lectures widely in the United States and in China.