The Nature Speaks of Love and Sorrow: 30 Poems in 30 Days Collaboration Begins Tomorrow!

I am so excited by the response to the Nature Speaks of Love and Sorrow: 30 Poems in 30 Days Collaboration and the beginning of this initiative tomorrow.

As of today, I’ve received 18 gorgeous poems, and they all speak to my heart.

For now, I have decided to leave the submission window open. Therefore, if you’ve not yet submitted, and would like to, please do so, following the submission guidelines here.

I will begin posting these beautiful poems tomorrow morning. All of the poems will be posted daily to this blog at 6 am PT (USA).

I’ve been so touched and moved by the poems received, I have written some poems inspired by these talented writers, which I will share over the next 30 days.

I hope you are ready for some heartwarmingly powerful poetry, as we have that in store for you!

I look forward to seeing you back here tomorrow morning. Thank you!


Submissions are still open for the Nature Speaks of Love and Sorrow: 30 Poems in 30 Days Collaboration. The submission details are located here.


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Devotion and Care, Published at MasticadoresIndia

I am so pleased to announce that my poem, Devotion and Care, is now available at MasticadoresIndia. Thank you to Terveen Gill, and the team at MasticadoresIndia for their continued support, and for publishing this piece.

Devotion and Care

sometimes
we hold on too long

believing in that which we see

when in reality
everything worth knowing
lives underneath…

I would be honored if you would go here, and read the rest of my poem. Thank you!


Photo by romansolar, Pixabay


Submissions are open for the Nature Speaks of Love and Sorrow: 30 Poems in 30 Days Collaboration, and will remain open until September 23. The submission details are located here.

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Glowing Sunrise, Published at Spillwords Press

I am excited to announce that my poem, Glowing Sunrise is now available at Spillwords Press. A big thank you to Dagmara K., and the whole team at Spillwords for publishing this piece, and for their continued support.

Glowing Sunrise

one, two, and three
are the stars
I count in the sky

there are so many more though…

I would be honored if you would go here, and read the rest of my poem. Thank you!


Photo by Fausto Garcia Menendez


Submissions are open for the Nature Speaks of Love and Sorrow: 30 Poems in 30 Days Collaboration, and will remain open until September 23. The submission details are located here.

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Nature Speaks of Love and Sorrow: New Reviews

I’m sharing a few more reviews today of #1 Amazon New Release Nature Speaks of Love and Sorrow. I am humbled and honored by the beautiful words contained in all of the reviews my debut poetry book has received over the past two weeks. Such an amazing experience, all of this has been.

Here are the newest reviews.

Suzette Benjamin, of Suzette B’s Blog

5.0 out of 5 stars

 A dance in poetic song!

Jeff Flesch’s well-presented poetic ensemble Nature Speaks, vibrates human emotion with nature as its membrane.
It draws the reader into the connectedness between feelings and experiences in/with/among who we are and are becoming.
Jeff Flesch’s talented gaze at human brokenness and the joy seeping
through love and life, lifts the reader through nature’s lens unto fervent hope.
One of my many favorites from this adept collection resonates with this aspect of nature’s parabolic lens; a lens that reveals what lies in one’s heart, bubbling up ever so gently, through a walk among the trees.
I found the following a summative glimpse into the poet’s perspective, which I think the reader will enjoy. That nature is a reminder of the primal nature to which all life belongs. It is that place of respite from the shackles of the everyday grind.
Therefore the line in “Self Bloom” which reads: “I dance to the tune of the moon learning more about nature,” does that for me. What imagery and solace abounds in that swath of poetry!
The reader will not be disappointed (O thomk) with “Nature Speaks of Love and Sorrow: Poems by Jeff Flesch” either as a companion at the end of a day, or as an early morning meditation song.
Overall, I relished reading these poems as a “dance” to the tune of nature’s heart song wrapped in hugs.

Cassa Bassa, of Flicker of Thoughts

4.0 out of 5 stars

 Nature gives us space to process our feelings and emotions.

The writer is connected to nature, the everyday wonders we often ignore. It provides a safe place to process at times complex emotions. It’s healing to read this collection of poems.

Elisa Bobbiesi, of @wildolivewrites

5.0 out of 5 stars

A restorative and uplifting collection

This enchanting collection of poems is filled with depth and heart. There is a softness, a hopefulness to his writing, even when expressing painful emotions. Intricate textures of nature are woven throughout, like meditations, reminding us to connect to and fully appreciate the world around us.

Kym Gordon Moore, of From Behind the Pen

5.0 out of 5 stars

 A Dance with Nature

Jeff’s collection of poetry reminds me of looking at nature and life through the lens of a child. The gifts of nature are ours to reflect on the majesty of life, caretaking, and living. His poems meander through the realms of imagination, creativity, and appreciation for the blessed gifts Mother Nature offers us. This book is like dedicating a love story to the amazing facets of the gems that nature beholds. You can find a piece of yourself throughout the morsels of stanzas offered in this collection.

Selma in Japan, of Selma

5.0 out of 5 stars

 Poetry that moves you– makes you feel something like an overflow

In reading Nature Speaks of Love and Sorrow by Author Jeff Flesch, at times, I moved like the wind susurrating to a tree; at others, my soul overflowed and crashed like a wave— my heart pulsed excitedly and smiled. Could be the nature theme, could be the words. 
The words, yes, the words! 
The author’s words recalibrate heart and soul, and if I had to choose just one poem to encapsulate what I mean, it would be “The Ocean’s Rocks.” I love the ending line, “love forms the center of our poetry.” 
There is much sorrow in Nature Speaks of Love and Sorrow by Author Jeff Flesch, but the author finds a way of stirring us out of that dark place and into the love that abides in nature. Kudos! As we all know, love is the thing that makes the journey whole and worth it.
The poems are short, but each packs a beautiful cadence in the brevity and simplicity of the author’s vocabulary. And the freedom in the lineation of free verse poetry added to its charm— giving me time to visualize. This ‘permission to pause’ endeared me to this poet’s crisp style. 
Each poem ends in a blissful place which translates to each ending putting me in a better place. 
So glad I purchased the printed format. Touching it transports me to a good place. 
In closing, it was hard to read this lovely poetry collection and not nod in agreement: the world would be a better place if we could all see through Author Jeff Flesch’s eyes. I cannot wait to read more by this author. 
5-star. I highly recommend it—Selma in Japan.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Suzette, Cassa, Elisa, Kym, and Selma. Your reviews touched my heart, and I am grateful to each of you.


Submissions are open for the Nature Speaks of Love and Sorrow: 30 Poems in 30 Days Collaboration, and will remain open until September 23. The submission details are located here.

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Nature Speaks of Love and Sorrow: New Reviews, and 30 Poems in 30 Days Begins on September 24

I am continuously humbled by the generosity and kindness of our loving community. I recently read two new reviews of #1 Amazon New Release Nature Speaks of Love and Sorrow, and they both touched my heart.

Here are the two newest reviews.

New Reviews

Sadje, of Keep it Alive

Nature speaks of love and sorrow is the debut poetry book of Jeff Flesch, but I’m sure there will be many more!
Jeff is known for his beautiful poetry and is quite active on his blog on WordPress. Jeff is a kind, considerate and caring person whose poetry also mirrors his personality.
The poems are both profound and playful. They take you in and make you think and then some would also amuse and entertain you. A beautiful book which you will read again and again.
This book is available in Kindle and paperback as well. Do pick u your copy today.

Carol Anne, of Therapy Bits

I just bought and read this powerful poetry book by Jeff Flesch!
Jeff has done an amazing job with his new book! I loved the feel of this book!
Every word was relatable and spoke to my heart!
If your looking for a good poetry book, pick up this book! You won’t be disappointed!
The poems are all so heartfelt!
Its available on amazon in paperback and on kindle.
Thanks for creating this wonderful book Jeff! I look forward to reading more from you!

Such lovely words, and wonderful people. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Sadje, and Carol Anne. I am deeply touched by your beautiful reviews.

30 Poems in 30 Days

We are one week and one day away from the Nature Speaks of Love and Sorrow: 30 Poems in 30 Days Collaboration beginning. The poems that have come in are diverse, and absolutely beautiful. I cannot wait to share them with you!

If you are still interested in submitting, please do. The submission details are located here.

Have a wonderful weekend!


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Nature Speaks of Love and Sorrow: A Collaborative Invitation – 30 Poems in 30 Days

My Dearest Friends,

After some much needed rest following the book launch last week, I have chosen a new event for the month of September to celebrate #1 Amazon New Realease Nature Speaks of Love and Sorrow and each of you.

Here is my invitation to you.

Beginning today, and lasting until September 23, I am inviting you to submit a poetic response to your favorite poem from Nature Speaks of Love and Sorrow. The poetic response must be in the written word, and can be a poem or a piece of prose.

Please submit your poetic response to jeffflesch.com@gmail.com

In your email, please include the following:

  1. Your name, or Pename.
  2. Your website URL, and/or social media username.
  3. The title of your favorite poem from Nature Speaks of Love and Sorrow.
  4. The title of your poetic response.
  5. Your poetic response. Please add your poetic response to the body of the email. No written word attachments, please. You may, however, submit a photo to accompany your poetic response. Please include the photo credit with the image.

Once received, I will, for a timespan of 30 days and up to 30 poetic responses, post your pieces on my blog. I am accepting these poetic responses on a first-received basis.

It is my intention to post everyday for 30 days, yet there may be times, due to other obligations, where I need to miss a day, and post two or more poetic responses on the following day. Either way, I will post your 30 poetic responses to this blog in 30 days.

I will let you know at least 24 hours prior to the posting of your poetic response, so you know when it will be published.

Though I know all of your submissions will resonate with me, at the end of the 30 days, I will select the 5 poetic responses that resonated with me most, and send these poets/writers a signed copy of Nature Speaks of Love and Sorrow.

This event will also serve as the basis for a weekly prompt idea I have, which will launch at the conclusion of this collaboration.

Remember, submissions open today, and will remain open for two weeks, closing at 11:59 PM PT (USA) on September 23.

I will begin posting your submissions on September 24.

I look forward to reading your poetic responses.

If you have questions, please email me at the email address listed above.

All my love and blessings,

Jeff


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Nature Speaks of Love and Sorrow: A #1 New Release, and The First Review!

I am elated to report that Nature Speaks of Love and Sorrow remains an Amazon #1 New Release in both the Poetry About Nature and Poetry About Love Categories. It’s an amazing experience to see my book on the top of these two lists!

The book is also doing very well in the top 100 Bestsellers of these two categories, currently at #4 in Poetry About Nature, and #19 in Poetry About Love. Amazing!

Here’s what that looks like.

I am also honored to share the first review of Nature Speaks of Love and Sorrow, by Tricia Sankey. I am honored and humbled by Tricia’s beautiful review. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for this lovely review Tricia.

If you’ve not yet had the chance to check out Nature Speaks of Love and Sorrow, you can do so here.

Have a lovely Friday, and coming weekend!


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