Earth Tones: A Journey

Poetry for the Journey

Poetry - Inspirational
108 Pages
Reviewed on 05/22/2019
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Author Biography

Inspired by nature and the beauty around him Gary W. Burns started writing poetry at a young age. Early on Gary was able to express his thoughts, ideas and emotions through the vivid imagery of his verse. His poetry has been published in various literary arts journals, anthologies and magazines. He is the author of 10 books of poetry. Through his poems Gary shares his reflections on the many facets of life and on the beauty of nature. The expressiveness of his poetry has been enriched by his wide reading in philosophy and psychology. He has traveled throughout the world and has lived in numerous countries, to include, Italy, Korea, Saudi Arabia and Canada. He has also lived in Hawaii and several other states. Currently, Gary makes his home in Northern Virginia near the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Sefina Hawke for Readers' Favorite

Earth Tones: A Journey (Poetry for the Journey) by Gary W. Burns is a collection of inspirational poetry that would appeal very much to poetry lovers of all ages. This collection of poems include poems of love, contemplation, quietude, the beauty of nature, and calming harmony. The collection is organized into four sections: for the telling, along the way, wave after wave, and sojourn. This book takes the reader on a relaxing journey that can soothe the soul and calm the mind. Are you ready to embrace the rhythm and let the poet's calming words relax and soothe you?

Earth Tones: A Journey (Poetry for the Journey) by Gary W. Burns is a well-written collection of poems that appealed to me on a personal level. Many poetry collections are filled with so much emotion and fast rhythm that they engage one’s mind and emotions, but they prove to be the opposite of relaxing, while others end up twisting the mind with riddles with no clear answers; that was not the case with this poetry collection. Instead, I found the words and rhythm to have a relaxing effect on me, making them perfect for bedtime reading as they helped to calm my mind before bed. My favorite poem was “Your Own Way.” I found that it perfectly captured the relationship that I have with my family and, in doing so, it warmed my heart. Overall, I really enjoyed this collection. I liked how each poem seemed to be the perfect length for the topic, and that the author did not force the poems to be longer or shorter than they needed to be.

Bruce Arrington

Earth Tones: A Journey, Poetry for the Journey by Gary W. Burns is a 108-page book of poems, each with a different message. So this book really can be thought of as a daily guide of sorts. Since every poem packs with it encouragement, guidance and illustration, each of them is worth quiet contemplation.

You know the saying “a picture is worth a thousand words”? Well, with this book it’s as if Gary has painted every poem with his words. Many are visual, bringing a picture to mind that we can easily envision. And with that snapshot in our minds, he adds the prose which helps you, the reader, to be able to relax and think. It would be too easy to simply scan the poems without reflection. But then you would lose the deeper meanings. The important life lessons. Here’s an example: Flexible: Branches dance/ Easily in the wind/ They live/ And give/ In the bend/ Stay flexible

This visual poem allows us to imagine a slight breeze or even a hurricane. Those branches, if not flexible, would snap and fall away from the tree. So through this illustration, we can see the importance of being flexible ourselves. Picture artwork could enhance the book. I could also imagine an audiobook produced with the sounds of wind, rain, and so much more in the background. But the real value is in the words. Earth Tones: A Journey, Poetry for the Journey, by Gary W. Burns, will take you on a reflective journey, wherever you are in your life, and help to make it better. Highly recommended.

K.C. Finn

Earth Tones: A Journey is a collection of contemplative poetry penned by author Gary W. Burns. The collection is written with the intention of being a volume readers can pick up whenever they need to take a moment to relax, letting the rhythm of the verses wash over them and taking in the messages of calm, quiet inspiration, love and peace along the way. The collection consists largely of single-page short verses that only take a moment to digest, and it is split into four sections: For the Telling, Along the Way, Wave After Wave and Sojourn, which each develop a continuation of rhythm and theme as the collection builds.

Having read a collection of love poetry by author Gary W. Burns before, the themes of love and acceptance certainly translate into this collection too but are then expanded into a wider acceptance of the world and the ever-present search for peace that many of us experience daily. This is certainly an enjoyable volume to pick up for even the briefest moment, creating a peaceful break in any busy day. The free verse style of poetry lends itself well to the shifting rhythms of each poem, and there are some interesting constructions with formatting which make you focus on the reading experience, leaving exterior cares from the outside world behind. Overall, Earth Tones: A Journey delivers just what it promises, and is a highly recommended read for meditative souls who need little reminders of peace, love and happiness in their daily lives.