Review of Jeff Flesch’s book “Nature Speaks of Love and Sorrow”
Book Review by Spriha Kant
“Nature Speaks of Love and Sorrow” is the debut poetry book by Jeff Flesch. This book is published by the publishing house “Experiments in Fiction” owned and edited by Ingrid Wilson. This book is a beautiful and deeply heartfelt collection of poetries. The beauty with which poetries twinkle with serenity in this book is reminiscent of the words of the sagacious poetess “Gabriela Marie Milton” in her poetry “Exiled” from her book “Woman: Splendor and Sorrow: Love Poems and Poetic Prose” which said “stars in your unbraided hair spread over still waters like lily pads.”
The poet has concocted each poem by combining imagery personifications, similes, and metaphors flowing in parallel to the feelings out of which a few even flows into the subconscious world a glimpse of which can be read in the following few words from the poetry “Neutral Stances”:
“dreams supplanted by neutral stances always awake me in the night while anxieties are up, have taken flight into the heart of the mysteries, they call to me when time is not in sight” The ingredients used in concocting the poems in this book are influential to make readers scuba-dive in the vicarious experiences.
The poet has painted all his poetries with the beautiful tinges of nature in which the serenity of the countryside is felt. The poet’s intent in painting so is to make the readers embrace the beauty of nature as evidenced in the following words from his poetry “Cosmic Arts”:
“have you ever tried to catch a glance of heaven?
look around you now, and watch
as the sun comes up inside your heart shining on everything within range of the cosmic arts” The beauty of nature and the serenity of the countryside have somewhat now gone out of the range from the spaces of the hearts and minds of the people due to additions of hectic schedules and cut-throat competitions in the lifestyles of people so reading these poems is like feeling a cool breeze in a scorching heat. The poet should thus be highly admired for reviving the beauty of nature and serenity of the countryside amidst the generation living in the rush, busyness, and hustle and bustle of urban life.
While painting all his poems with the beautiful tinges of nature and the serenity of the countryside, the poet has not skipped blending any poem with the essence of its own. This peculiarity of this book forged by the poet is highly commendable.
Each poem perfuming with its essence recites its own story and whereabouts.
Some poems are filled with nostalgic essence, shedding light on a few words of one of such poems “Limbs and Leaves”:
“running my fingers over our names”
“the sun inside our hearts for the remainder of our days” The essence in some poems is illuminating with ambitions that can be read in the following words from the poem “Dream Sky”: “continuing to run free a dream the size of the sky, within me”
And many other essences are perfuming the poems. Thus, reading the poems in this book will be like sucking nectar from different flowers like a bee.
Jeff Flesch (Poet):
Jeff Flesch lives in Corvallis, Oregon, and was voted the 2022 Spillwords Press Author of the Month for January and February. He is also the Author of #1 Amazon New Release Nature Speaks of Love and Sorrow, is a Co-Author of #1 Amazon Bestseller, Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women, and is also a monthly contributor to two online publications, MasticadoresIndia and MasticadoresUSA. His poetry is widely published both online and in print and has received international recognition. You can read more of Jeff’s poetry at Develop. Inspire. Transform, and on Twitter.
Spriha Kant (Poetess and Book Reviewer):
Spriha Kant is a poetess and a book reviewer. Her poetries have been published in anthologies including “Sing, Do the birds of Spring”, “A Whisper Of Your Love”, “Hard Rain Poetry: Forever Dylan” and “Bare Bones Writing Issue 1: Fevers of the Mind”. Her work has been featured in “SYNERGY: CALLING ALL WRITERS WHO ARE PHOTOGRAPHERS” on thewombwellrainbow.com. She has been featured in the “Quick-9 interview” on feversofthemind.com. She has reviewed poetry books including “Silence From The Shadows” by Stuart Matthews “Spaces” by Clive Gresswell, and “Washed Away- a collection of fragments” by Shiksha Dheda. She has been a part of the celebrations for the launches of the debut poetry book of Jeff Flesch “Nature Speaks of Love and Sorrow” and the poetry book of Paul Brookes “As Folktaleteller.” She has also collaborated with David L O’ Nan on the poetry “The Doorsteps Series” in the anthology “The Empath Dies in the End.”
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Spriha Kant can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ingrid Wilson (Owner and Editor of the publishing house Experiments in Fiction):
Ingrid is the owner and editor of the publishing house Experiments in Fiction. As a featured contributor at MasticadoresUSA and bartender at dVerse Poets’ Pub, Ingrid has published her writing in many online and print journals. In July 2021, she published ‘The Anthropocene Hymnal,’ a poetry anthology representing a response to the climate and ecological crisis. She published her first solo poetry collection, 40 Poems at 40, via EIF in February 2022.
Ingrid can be seen on Twitter @Experimentsinfc and Instagram @Experimentsinfiction.