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Ebook Details
  • 11/2020
  • B08NXNLFQ3
  • 104 pages
  • $2.99
Paperback Details
  • 10/2014
  • 978-0982780565
  • 104 pages
  • $12.95
Hardcover Details
  • 03/2017
  • 978-0982780572
  • 108 pages
  • $22.95
Gary W. Burns
Author
Bridges: To There - Poems for the Mind, Body & Spirit

Adult; Poetry; (Market)

2019 Readers' Favorite Poetry Award: Honorable Mention - Inspirational This calming and inspiring book of poetry, written by multi-award winning poet Gary W. Burns, is a helpful tool for meditation and healing. Offering moments of transcendent reflection the poems in this collection foster well-being and engender personal growth. Kindling reflection on one's Nature the poetry opens the vista of contemplation. The various themes that run throughout the book include love, peacefulness, nature, and mindfulness. Featuring poetry inspired to a great degree by Zen Buddhist and Taoist thought the four sections of the book Aerial, Suspension, Crossing and Banks are accessible and laud the timelessness of the human spirit. This volume of short one page poems is a nice book to have by your favorite chair or your favorite place of reading and there to read now and again to create a meditative and calming retreat from a stressful world.
Reviews
Burns’s latest collection brings together appreciations of the natural world with poetic thoughts and invitations to meditate, enjoy the journey of life, and focus on the beauty of love. Inspired by Zen Buddhist and Taoist thought, these short poems meld introspection with nature, with motifs like the sky and clouds or birds and trees appearing in several poems. Burns strikes up a conversation on the page, with poems that often shatter the fourth wall and address the reader, offering encouragements to feel things or to dare to begin a journey.

Many of the pieces concern love: “Love/Tells me/Closeness/Is ecstasy/Let’s be.” While Bridges occasionally touches on relationships, Burns never delves into familiar topics like lost love or the search for love, instead focusing on appreciating the love that is, on enjoying a moment despite its ephemeral nature. He urges readers “Take time to cherish/And understand/The love/At hand.” Despite the brevity of these poems—“Truly” contains just three words, “Be/See/Eternity” —they illuminate the author’s dedication to Buddhism and the Tao.

Burns divides the work into four parts: Aerial, Suspension, Crossing, and Banks, each accompanied by photographs that often feature bridges in natural surroundings. The images pair well with the contemplative aesthetic of his poetry, and the photographic architecture reinforces the idea of “Be/Here/Be/Now/Blissful/Tao.” Though some of the elements feel repetitive, the pacing and crispness of the lines prevents them from becoming tiresome. The tone in these brief but rich pieces is comforting, with a warm voice advocating contemplation and self-love (“Whatever you do/Don’t hesitate/To celebrate/You”). In these tumultuous times, Burns’s poems offer a peaceful refuge for those who want to be immersed in the natural world while simultaneously looking inside themselves.

Takeaway: This succinct collection is an invitation to meditate on and appreciate the presence of love and the beauty of the natural world.

Great for fans of: Gary Snyder, A.S. Kline.

Production grades
Cover: B
Design and typography: A-
Illustrations: N/A
Editing: A
Marketing copy: A

Formats
Ebook Details
  • 11/2020
  • B08NXNLFQ3
  • 104 pages
  • $2.99
Paperback Details
  • 10/2014
  • 978-0982780565
  • 104 pages
  • $12.95
Hardcover Details
  • 03/2017
  • 978-0982780572
  • 108 pages
  • $22.95

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