Eye-opening and a joy to read.” – BOOKTRIB

First published by Lawrence Ferlinghetti in City Lights Books, Mike Bond is an award-winning poet, best-selling novelist, ecologist and former war and human rights correspondent. His previous poetry collection, The Drum That Beats Within Us received high praise and has been a best-seller repeatedly since its publication in 2018. This new collection, JOY, draws from his extensive poetry on love, wilderness, wisdom and fate, on our everyday lives and the infinite and eternal universes in which we live.

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“Passionately felt emotional connections, particularly to Western landscapes and Native American culture… compellingly linking the great cycles of stars with little, common lives… to create a powerful sense of loss… a muscular poignancy.” − Kirkus

“A collection of poetry that explores the elements of nature, what nature can provide, what nature can take away, and how humans are connected to it all.” − Book Review Bin

“The poems are beautiful and range from the long lyrical expressions of love and nature to the brief expressions of a moments insight into a sudden feeling, expressed with a few words that capture the moment and the feeling perfectly.” − Metapsychology Reviews


“Written from the heart.” − LibraryThing

“From longer poems to very short, thought-provoking poems, the lines of each take the reader to a world the poet has experienced or given much thought to. Truly beautiful.” − Goodreads

“A beautiful book of poetry… the imagery is vibrant, devastating, and haunting… Highly recommended.”− NetGalley

“A world in which only love survives.” – Vine Reviews

“An exploration of self and nature… that asks us to look at our environment through the eyes of animals… and the poetry that has been with us since the dawn of time… comforting, challenging, and thought provoking.” − Bound2Books