Amazon 4 Star Review
​". . . the poems have a relaxing cadence and contemplative subjects.   . . . (they have a) calm, meditative rhythm . . . . The topics of the various poems were typically nature, love, contemplation, eternity, and emotions. I like that there was a good balance between internal and external observations.  . . . a very soothing and thoughtful vibe". Kat Denning

​Amazon 5 Star Review
​"Peaceful, Soothing, Relaxing; Beautiful poetry. Reading through the poems I felt a grounding and a restful serenity. Calming poetry wonderfully expressed; in touch with nature."  ​Valerie

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"Peaceful, contemplative and evocative, the poems in Bridges: To There: Poems for Mind, Body & Spirit . . . provide the opportunity to relax and reflect. Read and savored individually, each poem can serve as a focus for meditation or deep contemplation. Alternately, the words can bring a smile to your face as you briefly think about the image that comes to mind, providing peace, tranquility and a deep spiritual connection. . . . a pleasant experience you can return to over and over. . . . beautiful verse. . . a complete experience to help deal with the stresses of everyday life."

"Enjoy a connection to a world of peace with this engaging collection of delightful and thoughtful poems."

Review By Melinda Hills for Readers’ Favorite

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". . . a collection of poems about love, passion, and companionship. Gary . . . manages to take the very essence of true love and convey its magic with his words. This book is food for the soul and can make you cry and smile at the same time. Poetry is an art form that comes from the heart and, in this collection, Gary has not only written from the heart but has written about the heart and how it affects our everyday lives."

"(He) has taken his inspiration from nature and described our innermost feelings with references to the seasons, wildlife and other natural phenomena. To You With Love: Selected Poems has avoided sentimentality and replaced it with stunning descriptions of blazing sunsets and translucent rain."

"To You With Love: Selected Poems is a testament to human emotions and the wonders of nature. . . . It made me glow with joy. . ."

Reviewed By Tracy Young for Readers’ Favorite

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​"Clouds: On the Wind: Poems for the Soul – A Meditation . . . is a contemplative collection of poems that will have a calming . . . effect on the reader. . . . This rhythmic collection of poems is evocative . . .  . The visualizations of nature, love, harmony, calmness, contemplation, warmth, and other emotions stand out starkly in the poet’s delightful and tightly knitted poems.  This zen-like and tranquil collection will have a meditative effect on readers. The poet . . . conveys a lot in a few sentences. . . . It is not always easy to get readers’ attention in short verses but the poems . . . manage to do that because there is so much depth and profundity in the poet’s words . . . . It is a . . . collection that all poetry lovers will enjoy . . . ."

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

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"To You With Love: Selected Poems . . . is. . . written in contemporary free verse and compiled as a moving tribute to the most intimate theme in the world.  The free verse format is unique in how it provides for each page to take shape – literally – as the line construction is as fluid and artfully composed as the individual pieces themselves. . . . . (written) with skilled creativity and a lovely depth of emotion throughout the entire compilation. .  . I . . . highly recommend this book. . . ."

Reviewed By Jamie Michele for Readers’ Favorite

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"From love to reflection, journeys to interpretations, . . . Bridges: To There is a collection of short poems that reflect on many things, and encourage the reader, in turn, to reflect on themselves. Peaceful, tranquil, and relaxing are but a few things stirred as the poems invite you to experience mindfulness and appreciate all each poem has to offer in the here and now. Take a moment and find yourself in reflection, harmony, and thought."

"As a holistic therapist, I . . . enjoy things that will make me think on different levels, . . . . There is a lot to enjoy about this book, and it is certainly reflective and filled with rich imagery."

Review By K.J. Simmill for Readers’ Favorite

"A beautiful collection that acts as a vivid and meditative appreciation of love between people, and the love of nature. Bringing out themes once touched upon by Robert Frost, the poems work both individually, begging to be read in one sitting, and as a rewarding cohesive whole. A finely expressed work, Garden Walks will indeed help the reader relax through its calming appreciation of beauty in all its natural forms."

Self-Publishing Review

5 Stars from Readers' Favorite

"Love, Spirit, Togetherness, Longing are words carefully chosen by author Gary W. Burns in his latest collection, Bridges: To There, Poems for Mind, Body & Spirit. . . . . On each page you will be greeted with a poem that emits words of peace, reflection and wellness. . . . you will leave with a feeling of being touched by the essence of poetic words. . . . . This book of poetry will speak to your heart, mind, soul and spirit."

Review By Vernita Naylor for Readers' Favorite

“This small volume is the perfect choice to keep by your favorite chair or bedside table.  Its short poems are  . .  . profoundly thoughtful."  

Reviewed by Margaret “Cinny” O’Donnell  

Florida Gardener Magazine

"Another lovely book of poetry by Gary Burns, adding another naturalistic collection to his oeuvre. Splitting the collection into four parts was an ingenious idea by Burns, as it has the effect of moving the reader through space, from night into day, as if on a gust of wind. The illustrations at the beginning of each poem are also a delight, and enhance the imagery. What Burns does so effectively in this collection, and in his other works, is weave the natural with the spiritual, offering a profound appreciation of both the material and non-material world." 
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". . . an artist of words. The poet beautifully describes the emotion(s) as if working with paint on canvas. A passionate and brilliantly painted canvas of words on a very complex theme."
Reviewed By Emily-Jane Hills Orford  Readers’ Favorite

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". . . today when we are running around with packed schedules and finding it increasingly hard to unplug, this book of poems wants to remind you to do just that; unplug. Take the time to meditate in your own way and find balance."
"Each page of this collection has a poem on it with the mission to calm and inspire the reader . . . every time I was reading a poem, I did feel calmer. . . . I find the idea of poetry setting out to make the reader feel whole and to have a boost in spirits . . . refreshing and very much needed!" 
"Everything about these poems is designed to let the reader fall into the gentle cadence of them and just be. This volume of poems is a keeper . . . and will be on my bed stand for a poem to read when I need a moment to breathe."
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​"Love, nature, wonderment, humanity, and the pulse of life are just a few of the currents that run through the pages of To You With Love: Selected Poems . . . . It is a collection of poetry that celebrates love, the lover, and intimate moments and emotions. . . . the author invites readers to drink from the wellsprings of love, to celebrate the one they love, to rediscover the beauty of passion . . . ."

 "I enjoyed how he allows nature to reflect the climates and seasons of the soul."

". . .as one reads from poem to poem, and from stanza to stanza, one can feel a movement, strong whispers of something beautiful and noble and fair stirring within their soul."

"To You With Love: Selected Poems is a gorgeous offering, . . . about the subject of love and poems that translate the universal sentiments, longings, and aspirations of every heart."

Reviewed By Ruffina Oserio for Readers’ Favorite 

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"Bridges: To There, Poems for Mind, Body & Spirit . . . is an inspirational book of poems. It has poems that will help you contemplate and relax. . . ..  Burns has a way of using rhythm and rhyme to help you find a sense of peace and calm. It’s like music for your soul. You can feel the love and peace. . . . a wonderful way of using rhythm and rhyme that is almost hypnotizing. . . . I love how he uses nature to build “worlds” and scenery. . . . A great book to keep by your side . . . ."

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". . . over one hundred pages of loving sentiments in verse. . . . for those nostalgic and romantic readers, this volume is sure to connect. . . . the romantic in many people will be delighted by the work. . . . a highly quotable volume."
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"Profoundly captivating and lyrical, . . . an enchanting collection reflecting various themes. . . . the poet’s message revolves around . . . . love, . . . freedom. . . . compassion, . . . simplicity, harmony and peace. . . ."

"All the poems in Bridges: To There are reflective and evocative. I was taken away from my fast-paced world into a new dimension of calm and simplicity filled with splendor. The beautiful images are a delightful backdrop to the poems. I enjoyed the imagery, the simplicity of the poems and the depth that each of them contained."
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"Bridges: To There is a delightful and thoughtful collection that readers who enjoy inspiring verses will appreciate.  . . . best read at a slow pace, savoring and pondering the messages of each poem.  . . . poems that connect nature with our inner lives . . .  with reflective points, ideas and truths."

"Burns’ poems are an invitation for the reader to pause and consider life in an insightful and thoughtful way, . . .remember . . . our connection with others, love, our sense of peace and ability to “just be”. A book that would make a lovely gift and definitely one to keep nearby . . . ."

Reviewed By Hilary Hawkes for Readers’ Favorite

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"Clouds: On the Wind (Poems for the Soul – A Meditation) . . . is a collection of restful and uplifting . . . . Over and over, I was drawn by a gentle guidance into swirling autumn leaves, dances with the stars, infinite love, and sunset clouds. Gary W. Burns is extremely accomplished and excels in graceful, artistic verses that capture an idea instantly, and the hopeful, but honest tone of his poetry made me nod my head in agreement more than once. . . . the strength of Clouds: On the Wind is the sheer beauty of the world it pulls you into and the happy spirit with which you leave it. The book deserves a lot of praise for its resonant elegance, its serenity, and its peaceful approach to life’s realities."

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Amazon 5 Star Review
​"The rhythm . . . flow(s) naturally to the point where it could be easy to forget that you're reading a poem, . . . . The topics were ones that . . . people could relate to, emotions, nature, love, contemplation, and eternity being a few."  astrofan