Day Moon by Jan Napier

"In Day Moon Jan Napier has truly dedicated herself to the beautiful complexities of the haiku-form, has immersed herself in its possibilities, and is above all a true connoisseur of the moment, the transitory, the eternal ephemeral, the Zen, those paradoxes that give haiku such power and grace. She is one of our finest poets, and her specialty, haiku, as manifest here, is just one of the many facets that make her such a richly rewarding and moving writer." - Shane McCauley

"A day moon is seen when the moon is high in the sky and so bright its light can penetrate the sky’s scattered blue light. This collection of haiku reflects that completely. It is a stand out! It shines brightly against the scattered blue of everyday life. Not only visual, it sparks all the senses. Day Moon is an Australian collection, yet universal in its shared encounter with nature and human experience." Maureen Sexton


at the outdoor cinema

so many stars

 

day moon

a flicked off fish scale

floating in blue

evening sun

skimming the pool

dragonfly shadows

 

sunlight and shadows

the blue bowl

empties and refills

 

tufts of fleece

on greasy boards

scattered cumulus

 

behind the door

black Akubra

mustering dust

 

Jan Napier

 


Jan Napier spent twenty years travelling and working with the Western Australian Showmen’s Association, has acted as roustabout in a New Zealand shearing shed, helped break in children’s ponies, worked in a retirement village, been a cleaner and latterly worked in Coles. Currently, Jan is growing a fernarium and she hopes, poems.

Jan began to write in 2004. Her first two books Smiles to Go (Indian Ocean Press 2004) and All the Fun of the Fair(Ocean Publishing 2005) were collections of short stories. However, it quickly became apparent that her real passion was poetry. Jan has published two collections of poetry Thylacine (Regime Books 2015) and Listening to Frost(Sunline Press 2020).Although Jan came late to haiku she soon found herself intrigued by the intricacies and challenges presented by this form. A fascination developed about the manner in which the world in all its moods and beauty may be mirrored in images and language as bonsaied as the form itself without losing perspective or acuity.This is her first haiku collection.