- Paperback: 72 pages
- Publisher: Wind Trail Publishing (March 20, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0997245026
- ISBN-13: 978-0997245028
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,444,849 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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These stunning pictures and inspiring verses complement each other nicely. One of my favorite pairs is the poem that has the title of this book, "Within the Heart of Silence", as one of its lines and is headed by a beautiful forestry shot. I very much enjoyed all the art in this book, but there are a few parts that I'm sure I'll be revisiting over time.
Unfortunately, I don't think that the kindle edition does justice to the work provided within. I feel that this book would be better in print, giving the photos more space to better viewed and enjoyed.
This book would make a nice addition to any reader's collection, especially those who have an interest in nature, photography and poetry. It's both inspiring and uplifting and will leave you with a sense of peacefulness. I recommend reading Within the Heart of Silence outdoors as it will add to the experience.
**** I received an eBook copy of this title in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Booktasters for introducing me to this author, and thank you to James Williams Peercy and Jacqueline E. Smith for giving me the chance to read and review their work. ****
My favourite lines would be:
“The mileage may have added up
But the strings, they’re going strong.
If I look a little worn for wear
It’s just my journey home”
It is such a beautiful book that a digital copy doesn’t do it justice. And while I highly appreciate the gift of a kindle edition from the author, I look forward to buying the paperback for thorough enjoyment of the words and photographs, and to witness them leap out of the page.
Obviously there is a love of nature clearly expressed throughout this book, and with climate discussions being what they are, I’m glad to see poems highlighting the beauty and importance of nature. There are also some poems that touch on the need to let love rule — whether it is romantic love or universal love. I particularly appreciated the poem accompanied by the photo with “Love Not Hate” painted on a rock. I think we could use more poetry about all of these topics.
I received the Kindle version of this book and based on what I can see in the “look inside” excerpts of this book, the Kindle does not do justice to the photography. So, from that perspective, I agree with others that this is probably best enjoyed in the print version than in the Kindle version.
Otherwise, this is a pleasant read of some heartfelt poetry that I believe many can enjoy.
A Collection of Words and Images
By James William Peercy and Jacqueline E. Smith
61 pp. Wind Trail Publishing. $15.95
What does a person do when they want to relax? Listen to music? Nap? While there are many ways to answer this question, one way to relax is to admire nature. With the snow and ice of winter, I needed something to capture the essence of nature and mother earth before the cold stole it all away. I picked up a lovely collection of poetry and photography: Within The Heart Of Silence.
Each stanza inspires thought. Peercy asks the reader to look inward while looking outward. Look into your heart, but feel the sand, the dirt, the life beneath your feet and in-between your toes. The author uses both rhyme and meter in free verse style to deliver his message: “Touch the trees, we dare you./Feel the flowing tide./Reach deep down for who you are,/You will know inside.”
The magic of each poem is the photograph. After all, the photo is the title of the poem. Take a moment to observe the image before reading. The colors in each photo, the subjects of focus provide a fusion with the words. Some of my favorite photographs in the collection were taken in Texas. I may be biased since I’m a Texas Native. Smith captures the essence in a moment: a bird resting on a branch, a flower before it dances in the wind or a wave making its way back to the open ocean. Smith’s use of color, angle and lighting give the eye something to admire.
This collection is best enjoyed in paperback. Skip the digital version. The layout provides a gentle flow between photo and poem. With all the unpleasant noise and pollution on Earth, it’s nice to take a step back and just observe the remaining beauty – in silence. Find the truth within your heart and listen to the quiet.
A special thanks to the author and the photographer for providing a printed copy of their work. Thank you, BookTasters for the opportunity to review this collection.
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