Postcards From Beyond Reality

The Selected Poems of Michael Daniels

Poetry - General
87 Pages
Reviewed on 03/22/2022
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Reviewed by Asher Syed for Readers' Favorite

Postcards From Beyond Reality: The Selected Poems of Michael Daniels by Bernard Jan is a compilation of original poetry that revolves around the poet's varied states of despondency. Michael Daniels is the author and Bernard Jan is an extension. Each piece is independent of the next, and Daniels even goes so far as to switch the formatting within the freeform style. This means that there are pieces that take on shapes, from the typeset indents of Providence until the final line, to the severe angling of A Cacophony of Words. There is a brilliantly creative twist that comes as a real surprise - an entirely blank page that Daniels has titled A View into the Future.

My wife grew up in San Francisco and lived for several years in Seattle, so it is no wonder when she saw a book of poetry with a skateboarder on it she told me that I should read it. Postcards From Beyond Reality made it to the top of my roster. Michael Daniels is prolific in his writing and this is obvious by the number of poems selected by Bernard Jan. The first thing that strikes a reader is the profound honesty in them, and that makes connecting on several different levels easy to achieve. This is a book for the serious-minded reader and melancholy runs throughout, but it is raw and beautiful in its own way. There are sparks of hope and this is why The Last Part of the Stumbled Trilogy is my favorite. I can relate to the last line of the poem... “Fantastic!”