- File Size: 4284 KB
- Print Length: 146 pages
- Publisher: Owl Feather Press, LLC (April 5, 2020)
- Publication Date: April 5, 2020
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B086T6JNVS
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,177,122 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Crossing Higher Ground: Poetry from the Mountaintops (Crossing Nature Poetry Series Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Being a bit of a poetry novice, the explanation of each poem’s inspiration really helps me to understand his work better. Most poetry books don’t do this and, I admit, I often get lost.
A good teacher explains things well. A great teacher explains things well several ways. To reach everyone.
Though thoughts like “What would the world be like without a top predator that mostly disrespects all other life and seeks only to hold dominion over all other species including its own.” - is pretty powerful in its own right.
This is a book everyone who loves nature can enjoy and learn from.
Each of these poems has a purpose; for a New Dawning, the author suggests that the poem has its healing properties. Overall, I found this collection inspiring, and it has brought some much-needed inner peace.
This book is relevant for anyone needing some inspiration in these troubled times.
Rick knows the natural world as a scientist, but also captures and shares the magic with us as an artist. He brings us on climbs with him where he describes "hungry snow spiders" and the "taste of watermelon ice" in ways that make you want to "get out and head up."
While the poems are wonderful by themselves, it is an added gift to have the author's narrative that follows each poem. In this way, Rick brings folks to the mountain even if they have never climbed before. This book is a wonderful gift to us all at a time of great worry and despair. He also reminds us of geological time and how important it is to be grateful of each day.
For avid hikers and climbers past and present this is like a hike down memory lane. For those who have never had these experiences these poems may inspire you to put one foot in front of the other and explore the wonders. Dr. Van de Poll so aptly offers his message as “an alternative to alcohol, drugs, and therapy”. Nothing could be truer. Nothing could be more soothing to the soul.
His added inspiration comments after each poem makes them all the better. A great get-away book.