Man authors poetry book

Published 1:09 am Saturday, December 19, 2015

Dr. Guy Von Schilling recently penned a 68-page book of poems that will likely have folks talking.

“Beauties, Botchers, and Bastards,” is described as provocative, pungent and perceptive poems of a ponderer. Dog Ear Publishing of Indianapolis distributed the book.

“A botcher is a person who messes things up regarding the environment,” Schilling said. “Bastards refer to the type of people who create problems with the people around them. It also has to do with a certain type of plant. I wanted to present different philosophies about life, death and the hereafter.

“I wanted to write about those unusual people I’ve known, good and bad. My desire was to present some poems people could understand and relate to.”

Schilling said there is no doubt some of the poems will get a rise out of folks.

“Each poem carries a message. Some of the messages will be provocative to certain people and will be rejected,” he said. “But I wanted to present the other side of the coin. You know how some people leave a lasting impression on you? Several poems are about people that I admire and dislike very much. The poems clearly indicate that.”

Schilling said church members would probably find the book offensive.

“I know some of the Christian people will find some of the book controversial,” Schilling said. “Maybe some controversy is what I need to call the book to people’s attention.”

Schilling was born in New Orleans and raised in Pine. He earned a bachelor of science degree in education at LSU. He also earned his master’s degree and doctorate from LSU. He currently lives in Franklinton.

Schilling went on to work in the Washington Parish School System. He was supervisor of instruction before he spent 24 years as assistant superintendent. He served as interim superintendent for approximately six months.

“Beauties, Botchers, and Bastards” is Schilling’s first attempt at being an author.
“I’m contemplating doing additional books writing now that I’m retired,” he said. “As ideas come to me, I will build upon those ideas.”

The book sells for $9.95. To order a copy, visit online at
Schilling also has a limited number of books at his home. He can be reached at 985-839-5748.