May We Learn From the Earth

Nature Poems and Reflections on the Environment

Poetry - General
258 Pages
Reviewed on 04/25/2023
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Author Biography

Recognized for crafting clear, creative, and compelling poems, Robert J. Tiess has been writing and publishing poetry since the 1980s, and he’s been working at popularizing and promoting poetry and literature since the 1990s.

Robert is a SUNY New Paltz graduate, where he earned his degree in English Literature, and he is a lifetime resident of New York State, where he has enjoyed a fulfilling career in public library service.

Robert’s poetry is unique, accessible, organic, evolving, expansive, motivated with a humanity and a humility and yet a passion for truth, a persistent zest for life and love, and a perpetual hopefulness.

In 2022, his critically-acclaimed debut poetry collection, The Humbling and Other Poems, became available in print and electronic editions.

His second book, May We Learn from the Earth: Nature Poems and Reflections on the Environment, will be published in July 2023.

For more about the poet and his writings, please visit his website (

    Book Review

Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite

With the rapid destruction of Earth's ecosystem due to human impact, we must ensure that future generations learn from our mistakes and acquire the knowledge and wisdom to save the planet. Poetry collections like May We Learn From the Earth by Robert J. Tiess are one such step in the right direction. The collection opens with an ode to our planet, with the poem To Earth, Old Friend. From Carefree to Caring highlights the change in perspectives as we age and realize the damage humans have inflicted on the planet we call home. To the Susquehanna River reflects upon the eternal vitality of the Susquehanna River that commands respect from anyone who sees it. Finally, Emerging World contemplates the advent of potential life on a new blooming planet.

May We Learn From the Earth is a poetry collection for all nature lovers and poetry aficionados. Being environmentally conscious is no longer a choice but a necessity; this poetry collection clearly emphasizes that fact. Robert J. Tiess' free-flowing verses shed light on the importance of eco-preservation and remind us to be grateful and humble and respect the gifts nature and Earth have bestowed upon us. The last section contains additional content, including essays and insights on Earth, ecology, and eco-poetry. Again, Tiess uses his inspiring poetic verses to educate and illuminate us on increasingly relevant issues concerning humanity's present and future. This is the second book I've read by Tiess, and just like the first one, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Highly recommended.