The Collected Poems of L. E. Ward marks the craft and the harvest of an artistic lifetime (19751999). It includes the memories of a gay, 1950's upper Midwestern childhood as well as dozens of poems about Eros, the ancient world, the world of the arts and literature, and over 100 poems celebrating the author's lifelong love affair with movies.
The Hollywood Poems section of this book offers loving, intelligent tributes to Hollywood's golden age - Bogart, Monroe, Garland, Garbo, James Dean, W. C. Fields, Tyrone Power, Bette Davis, Stanwyck, Crawford, Errol Flynn, and many more. The book is a major event, an artistic and movie landmark destined for popularity and posterity.
"A substantial volume. A lifetime's labor of love."
-Anthony Slide, Classic Images
"Entertaining, insightful, and delightful."
-Green Bay Press Gazette
"Powerful poems Obvious passion and skill."
-Marquette Mining Journal
L. E. Ward has published 1,000 articles on American film history as a contributing editor to such national film periodicals as The Big Reel, Classic Image, Videomania, The Lost Generation Journal, and Movie Collector?s World.
He is listed in Who?s Who in U.S. Writers, The International Who?s Who of Literature, Cambridge, England.
Ward is a member of the Academy of American Poets. He holds the Master of Arts in Literature degree and is a former faculty member of the literature department at the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater.