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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
Love, nature, wonderment, humanity, and the pulse of life are just a few of the currents that run through the pages of To You With Love: Selected Poems by Gary W. Burns. It is a collection of poetry that celebrates love, the lover, and intimate moments and emotions. In a style that is unique and original, free without losing its music and rhythm, the author invites readers to drink from the wellsprings of love, to celebrate the one they love, to rediscover the beauty of passion, to taste the sweet honeycomb of loving.
The use of metaphor is this poet’s forte and I enjoyed how he allows nature to reflect the climates and seasons of the soul. When he talks about “Wild Flowers,” he evokes something about the simplicity of love and its freedom. “We are all / Wild flowers,” he writes. “Growing / In the field / Of eternity.”
The layout of the poems is striking, telling, and as one reads from poem to poem, and from stanza to stanza, one can feel a movement, strong whispers of something beautiful and noble and fair stirring within their soul. Gary W. Burns transports readers through a huge emotional tide with his poetry and makes them experience the different seasons of love:
In her gentle gender
And bore me a summer
I’ll always remember.”
To You With Love: Selected Poems is a gorgeous offering, poems written about the subject of love and poems that translate the universal sentiments, longings, and aspirations of every heart.