Poetry by Robert J. Tiess: Poems + Ecopoems + More

Forthcoming Poetry Collection (Summer 2023)
May We Learn from the Earth: Nature Poems and Reflections on the Environment

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Available Summer 2023:
Official description: "Following his acclaimed debut, The Humbling and Other Poems, Tiess delivers clear, captivating, and compassionate poetry contemplating Earth and nature.

From the opening poems, we become reacquainted with the natural realm, where we may muse on mountains, reflect on rivers, philosophize in forests, and celebrate creation everywhere.

As we journey into Earth, the Beautiful, from canyons to coasts and valleys to vistas, we grow more mindful of the environment, ecology, and eventually Earth, the Besieged.

Insightful, inspiring, and impassioned with a lyrical love of life, this timely and truthful collection can be enjoyed by nearly everyone, from budding poetry enthusiasts and nature lovers to environmental champions and beyond.

In hopes of encouraging environmental interest and awareness, the author offers optional reading content, including a series of brief but thought-provoking essays meditating on nature, a concise glossary of Earth terms, reading suggestions, and more for readers to discover and explore."

Debut Poetry Collection (2022)

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The Humbling and Other Poems is now available in print and multiple digital formats (Kindle, Nook, Kobo, more).

Official description: "An 'Editor's Pick' in the June 20, 2022 issue of Publishers Weekly, this masterful, inspiring, and critically-acclaimed debut poetry collection features over 100 memorable poems on humility, hope, love, justice, peace, and more."
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From the Author: my first poetry collection covers a wide variety of topics and poetic styles which can appeal to both new and experienced readers of poetry.

In the interests of promoting poetry and making it more accessible to readers, I include some "bonus materials" at the end of my book: a glossary of poetry terms, three concise essays, a brief autobiography, poetry reading recommendations, and more.

About My Ecopoetry + Other Poetry

For my ecopoetry and nature poems, please look to my forthcoming book, May We Learn from the Earth: Nature Poems and Reflections on the Environment (July 2023).

Additional ecopoems, nature poems, and more can be found on my poetry feed at AllPoetry.com.

What's an ecopoem? Ecopoetry explores aspects of the environment with a particular emphasis on ecology/ecological considerations and/or environmental issues.

Another way to think about it: an "ecopoem" is a kind of "nature poem," but not all "nature poems" are ecologically-minded or focused on topics such as environmental conservation, pollution, natural resources (and their depletion), natural habitats, biomes, extinction of species, or deforestation.

As a lifelong poet, I remain devoted to the reading, writing, education, and appreciation of the art of poetry in all its varieties - formal (classic + invented forms), rhyming, blank verse, metrical, vers libre, concrete, haiku, from the brief to the epic.

I endeavor to write accessible yet intriguing and audibly enjoyable poems. I try to invest much attention in all aspects of a poem, including its sound (rhythm, assonance, consonance, periodic rhymes), imagery, metaphors and similes, symbolism, occasional allusions, and more.

While I've been writing poetry since the 1980s, I published my first general poetry collection, The Humbling and Other Poems, in April 2022.

My second poetry collection (forthcoming in 2023) will focus mostly on my nature poems and ecopoetry.

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Photo of RJT About the Poet

I've been writing poetry since the 1980s, and I have my late mother, Jeannette, to thank for introducing me to poetry and literature when I was a child.

Those early encounters with great works would inspire me to write and spend the rest of my life exploring the power, meaning, and beauty of words.

Years ago, some of my poems were published in various journals and websites, such as Midwest Poetry Review, About.com, and elsewhere.

During the early 2000s, I stepped back from publishing to work on my craft and style and get to the heart of what kind of poet and writer I wanted to be.

Over the last several years, I have been submitting and publishing a wide range of new poetic works in conjunction with AllPoetry.com and other poetry prompts/challenges/contests.

I've participated in over 2,000 poetry challenges at AllPoetry.com, contests judged by other poets and poetry lovers, and I've won or placed in many of them.

I am inspired by - and deeply grateful for - all of my readers, especially their enthusiasm and encouragement for my efforts.

In late 2021, I established accounts at Instagram and Twitter (links below) to promote my works through excerpts, pairing them, at times (if only experimentally) with various artworks and photographs of mine. More generally, I intend to utilize those platforms to promote the joy of and respect for poetry and poetics (e.g. my "Thinking Like a Poet" series of posts).

Here is my AllPoetry URL, where I offer some more insight into my poetry and views: https://allpoetry.com/Robert_J._Tiess)

One thing I do like to point out: any first-person poem of mine involves a narrator; the poet is rarely, if ever, the speaker in any poem here. Like any writer of stories, I enjoy exploring and presenting perspectives through various characters.

Free Poetry Guides

Over the years, I developed a number of free poetry guides for the public for Middletown Thrall Library as part of our perpetual promotion of National Poetry Month.

These guides can be downloaded from here or there:

Poems © Copyright 2022 Robert J. Tiess

Misc. Poems You can browse a very small and random sampling of my past poems.

>> I also invite you to explore some of my more recent posts on...

      > AllPoetry    >Twitter    >Instagram

      >Mastodon    >Pinterest    >Tumbler    >Vimeo

I can also be found on Goodreads.

Some random highlights from my past poems...

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