The thirty-three poems in this slim volume are united by a simple belief – poetry should not be insular, but should at least attempt to speak to a wider world. On the Roofs of Zion rejects meaninglessness, nihilism, and relativism. At their core, its poems affirm that there is purpose in life, transcendent truth in reality, and meaning that a poet can and should articulate – for as Ty Bard says in the poem ‘Self-Defense,’ we are not merely “dying animals” but are also “orphans of sentience sent from the heavenlies.”
Ty Bard’s poems are traditionalist in approach, but not rigid in application. They are not overtly formal or strict in adherence to metrics. If the poetry of the traditionalist movement of the early 20th century is viewed as sculptural or architectural in form and meter, then the structure of Mr. Bard’s poetry is best described as organic. Rather than form imposed upon a poem, the form grows from the poem - a sprout germinating from a seed of poetic thought, diction, and rhythm. It is Mr. Bard’s assertion that the pattern which thus emerges from a poem is analogous to and reflective of the pattern which, when sought, appears from the multitudinous and seemingly random events of existence. Form and pattern in his poetry is therefore a non-verbal testimonial to the transcendent order within creation which is the thematic essence of On the Roofs of Zion.
Ty Bard is a graduate of the University of Georgia and a like-long resident of Georgia. 'Trekking to Ocmulgee' is the book one of the historical fantasy series, 'Spoken World.' Mr. Bard is currently at work on book two, 'Walkers between Worlds.'
This snippet is from 'Grasping Esau's Heel.' Language initiated lying and because of mankind's nature they are inextricably bound. The image is from the Biblical story of the birth of Jacob and Esau. Esau was delivered with Jacob holding his heel - as if they were striving with each other to be the first born.In ancient cultures, the first born received the lion's share of blessing and inheritance. Esau, though firstborn was a carnal man who sold his birthright for a bowl of porridge. Jacob was a lier and deceiver who tricked his father into bestowing his blessing upon him instead of upon the elder son. Yet, Jacob was spiritually minded and was redeemed and so became Israel. So it is with words - they are inherently carnal and by their nature filled with falsehood but can be redeemed by aligning with spiritual things and being constrained by morals - and thus serve divine purposes.