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Ebook Details
  • 08/2020
  • 978-0-9860900-6-6 ‎ B08FVD1BG9
  • 96 pages
  • $2.99
Paperback Details
  • 09/2010
  • 978-0984534272
  • 104 pages
  • $12.95
Hardcover Details
  • 09/2010
  • 978-0982780541
  • 108 pages
  • $22.95
Gary W. Burns
Author
Twilight: Awaking the Stars - Poems of the Night's Light

Adult; Poetry; (Market)

Awarded Reader's Favorite 2020 Book Award: Finalist, Poetry - Inspirational Written by multi-award winning poet Gary W. Burns this volume of poetry offers the reader a peaceful and inspiring poetic harbor. Hope, kindness, love and nature are but some of the themes that run throughout this meditative and calming book of poetry. The restful verse in this volume engenders wholeness, well-being, inner balance and healing. The poems in this collection sometimes rhymed, sometimes haiku-esque in style immerse the reader in the natural world while at the same time providing a means for reflective contemplation. The five sections of the book Twilight, Lamplight, Into the Night, Starlit and Night to Twilight to Blue flow with the rhythm of life. This work of short one page poems makes a nice book to have by your favorite place of reading and there to read every so often to create a calming retreat from a stressful and busy world.
Reviews
The latest volume of inviting inspirational verse from Burns, Twilight Awakening the Stars follows up titles like Bridges: To There with another crop of crisp, direct poems crafted to calm, please, and inspire meditative reveries. True to its title, this selection takes light in the darkness as both its subject and organizing principle, organizing its offerings into sections (“Twilight,” “Lamplight,” “Starlit”) that over the book chart the course of a night. “Relax,” the poem “Goodnight” advises, “Ease / Into the darkness / No spell binding / Words / Nothing too complex.” In form, content, and spirit those lines exemplify Burns’s approach, while serving as both a pitch and a rationale. Getting the most out of this night with Burns demands embracing the sincere simplicity—even humility—of his language.

Harkening back to a bygone era’s tradition of popular poetry in general-interest magazines, while also reflective of contemporary understandings of concepts like wholeness and self-care, Twilight Awakening the Stars presents the poet as a guide, easing readers into the night in lines that prioritize clarity above all else. In fact, “Into the Night” itself blends direct address, an unambiguous invitation, and an encouraging call for repose: “When your noisy day / Gives way // To/ Quietude // Be with me / Peacefully,” it reads.

Burns’s poems aren’t the kind to be pored over and unlocked. As he urges readers to “Gaze heavenly / And be / Completely // One / With the light / Of the night,” the lines edge toward the devotional or meditation, especially in gently urgent poems like “Let Love Come” and “Faith,” whose titles accurately forecast their messages. Occasionally, a mystery sneaks through, as in “Matrix”’s mildly erotic likening of the world to a body, or within the uncertain depths of “The Wading Pool,” but, overall, Burns’s verse maintains its tone and promise throughout: These insistent, impassioned poems nudge us to pause and relish light in the dark.

Takeaway: A direct, inviting collection urges readers to gaze heavenly and embrace the night.

Great for fans of: Tyler Knott Gregson’s Illumination, SK WIlliams’s Love By Night.

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

Formats
Ebook Details
  • 08/2020
  • 978-0-9860900-6-6 ‎ B08FVD1BG9
  • 96 pages
  • $2.99
Paperback Details
  • 09/2010
  • 978-0984534272
  • 104 pages
  • $12.95
Hardcover Details
  • 09/2010
  • 978-0982780541
  • 108 pages
  • $22.95

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