Poetry

Haiku, Schmaiku For Headin’ Out to Sea: Poetry as Looking Glass, Poetry as Mirror

By: David Bayard
Publisher: Skyboy Press
Publication Date: April 2019
ISBN: 978-0996738088
Reviewed by: Anita Lock
Date: August 31, 2019

Poet David Bayard writes with boldness in his second book, Haiku, Schmaiku For Headin’ Out to Sea.

Wordsmithing appears to go hand-in-hand for poet David Bayard. If his debut book, Gathering the Self: Poems of the Heart, provided readers with a hint to his prowess with the written word, that is nothing compared to his latest work. While his first book looks inwardly, reflecting his life most regularly through nature, Haiku, Schmaiku For Headin’ Out to Sea expresses an affirmation outwardly to follow his gift of verse and rhyme, and to do it boldly.

A collection of seventeen haiku (“one for each syllable of a haiku”), twenty-four poems, and two ballads, Haiku, Schmaiku For Headin’ Out to Sea reawakens one’s youthful senses—all things nature, introspection, and self-exploration—that are often lulled to sleep when busyness accompanies adulthood.

Bayard’s reflective subheading of Poetry as Looking Glass/Poetry as Mirror gives readers a hint as to where Bayard plans to head on his journey-through-life-based theme of exploration. Writing on a range of topics—from rabbit holes, flying metal boxes, deceased loved ones, and churches to the Moon, squirrels, and even sex and underwear, Bayard punctuates his witty haiku with poems shaped in a combination of freeform and couplets. Two ballads turned to songs (musical notation included) titled “Sailor” and “Sea Shanty” open and close his beloved tome divided into three headings: “Looking Glass,” “Double Lens,” and “Mirror.”

The carefully-considered captions progress from—how this reviewer perceives it as—awakening and obscurity to maturity, respectively. His work, enhanced with his black-and-white drawings and photography, slowly but deftly builds up to sort of a musical crescendo, announcing a dual-encouragement to readers to write poetry and to be themselves. A great example of this is in “The Trees.” Here is an excerpt:

“The trees they are my champions.
They raise their arms to take me in.
They see my cloud of doing,
Cloud of worry, and they wisely speak out
David,
Shed our skin.
Come into being, world of grace, and raise your arms to
Heaven.
There is no other place to be than now and her.
You knew but have forgotten,
those times when you have anxiously been holding.”

Quill says: A quick, delightful read, Haiku, Schmaiku For Headin’ Out to Sea is exhilaratingly thought-provoking and encouraging.

For more information on Haiku, Schmaiku For Headin’ Out to Sea: Poetry as Looking Glass, Poetry as Mirror, please visit the website: skyboyphotos.com/collections/books

9 Lively Cat Tales and Other Pet Poems

Haiku, Schmaiku For Headin' Out to Sea: Poetry as Looking Glass, Poetry as Mirror

Gathering the Self: Poems of the Heart

Copywrite God and Me: Lyrics from a Collection of Inspired Songs

Once Upon A Girl

Perfectly Imperfect: A Collection of Words and Thoughts, Volume 3

A Dime is a Sign: Poems of Love and Loss

Finding Hope in the Darkness of Grief

A Penny for Your Thoughts

 A Beginning to the End: A Poetic Journey

 Koi: A Modern Folktale

  Something's Bound to Happen

 All Things Bright and Beautiful

 Brightness from the Shadows

 Swimming to the Moon: A Collection of Rhymes Without Reason

 Reflections of Life

 Between Eden and the Open Road

 Dark, Love, and Light

 Listening to Africa

 The River Bends in Time

 After the Storm: Poetry That Refreshes the Soul

 Sweet Betsy From Pike

 Welcome to Bordertown (New Stories & Poems of the Borderlands)

 Jubilant Echoes of Silent Love: An Inspirational Journey In Poetry

New and Selected Poems

The Futurist’s Mistress: Poems by Lorraine Schein

Words of a Journey: My Thoughts on Life and Living

Sculpting the Heart's Poetry While Conversing with the Masters

A Book of Poems: The Inner Soul

The Guilt Gene

Dinosaur Name Poems

Shakespeare: To Teach or Not to Teach, Teaching Shakespeare Made Fun! (From Elementary to High School)

Shakespeare for Children: The Story of Romeo and Juliet

Sixty-Minute Shakespeare: Macbeth

Fifty Confessions

Prayer Is Our Power

Love's Thrilling Dimensions

Dear Anais: My Life in Poems for You

The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories

Feathered Quill

Disclosure in Accordance with FTC Guidelines 16 CFR Part 255

Copyrights © 2019 Feathered Quill Reviews All Rights Reserved. | Designed & Developed by Unglitch.io