“About Gathering the Self: A Baker’s Dozen:
The most exciting adventure in life will not be swimming the English Channel, scaling Kilimanjaro, or journeying to the dark side of the moon. It will be the exploration of the universe within the self.
“Who am I?” is the question that begins the journey—uncovering and recovering the true nature of the soul underneath the masks and personas that we all have learned to wear.
For me, poetry and writing have been tools in this pursuit and have helped me find the pathway to who I really am. This collection of thirteen poems and stories explores themes of depression, despair, family, death, spirituality, purpose, eternity, impermanence, and the healing effect of a really clean house.
Accompanying the poetry are images of the dragonfly, known as “The Breaker of Illusions,” drawn from my own nature photography and in black-and-white ink drawings by Michael Mclellin.
This collection is best read while curled up in a favorite comfortable nook, while exploring the world within and engaging in the process of gathering the self.
“…as layered as a croissant, honest as an apple and nourishing to my soul.”
–Mary Lynn M.
“The…pieces assembled here range from the quotidian to the existential, exploring themes of identity, nature, death, and transformation by focusing on such diverse subjects as ants and galaxies, cleaning women and spring thunderstorms, good-bye hugs and dying flowers.”
Targeted Age Group: 9-65+
Written by: David Bayard
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Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1948, to a physicist father, and a writer and psychologist mother, David Bayard inherited a love of nature, science, self-discovery and writing.
His pursuits have included Army Lieutenant, circus roustabout, lead guitar player, singer, homesteader, forester, hippie, artist, handyman, home re-modeler, woodworker, furniture maker, photographer, writer and poet.
He moved later to California, and then to Missouri, where he currently resides. He owns Samurai Woodworks, where he builds custom furniture and woodwork, and Skyboy Photos, which carries his sky and nature photography and poetry. He lives on a wooded homesite in South Kansas City with his wife Pamela, dog Tawny, and cats Didi and Mo. His favorite hobby is meeting new and interesting people ~ and he says they are all interesting! Feel free to say hello.
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