Traditionally, haikus are a short snapshot of poetry, three lines of poetry, sometimes with the last line meaning nothing and having no relation to the first two lines. A traditional Japanese form of poetry, usually in one singular vertical line, the English counterpart of haikus takes the above aforementioned three line stanza in parallel to the traditional three Japanese verses.
In the first poem, “Cosmic Love”, Shuford has taken this tradition and turned it, in form, on its head. With two poems, all made up of simple three line haikus, they tell a story from the starting line of the first haiku, to the ending line of the last. Shuford’s words paint a picture that dance across my mind, flashing glimpses of colour across my irises and bringing me into a world of some kind of twisted, dark fantasy world that is as beautiful as it is dangerous. It haunts me, even now whilst I write this review, and makes me long for a novel based around this.
Within the second poem, “Parasite of the Sun”, the haikus don’t flow as they did in the first. More, they seem to be snapshots of the previous world, things turning dark. The images became less dangerously beautiful and more dangerous, more twisted as things fell apart, and I was left with my mouth hanging open slightly. Although definitely not my favourite of the two poems, “Parasite of the Sun” holds a lot of meaning that many people can definitely relate to.
A solid four star read, I definitely cannot wait for the rest of what Shuford has to offer to the world of indie poetry. This merely touches, I’m sure, only the surface of talent Shuford has, and I’m sure that they will make a definite impression on the indie poetry scene, possibly later on in their career, but for now? Shuford has made a definite impression on me, and I’m definitely interested in what Shuford is going to come out with in the future, and I will definitely be keeping an eye on their releases.
For those who love dark fantasy in their poetry, or perhaps a helping of slight underlying fear, this is perfect, and I definitely recommend it to you.
(review of free book)