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  • Keywords
    • Nature,
    • Mother Nature,
    • The language of Nature,
    • Pre-language communication,
    • Environmental advocacy,
    • Tree and bird families,
    • Endangered species

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Before Language There Was Song
Finding Nature's Truths
by Nicole McGrath

Have you ever thought about walking in a jungle, but were too afraid to do so? In Before Language There Was Song, poet Nicole McGrath takes you there, safely, on a journey of discovery, of the generosity, music, and colours of Nature, her jungles and forests, as if curated by Mother Nature herself. Guiding you along a trail, poem by poem, she builds and shares a new and positive outlook toward Nature, where animals, trees, and plants communicate and depend upon each other to live, as human friends and families do. Rendered in thirty-eight clear and concise poems, this collection evokes the beauty and intelligence of Nature, in all her forms. There is so much pleasure, surprise, and joy in these poems. Before Language There Was Song fosters a love of Nature and to feel loved by Nature, and the importance of protecting her if we are to have a healthy future. Before Language There Was Song will be of interest to poetry lovers of all ages. Anyone advocating for the health of plants, animals, humans, and the planet itself will particularly find themselves reflected in these pages. Anyone wanting to experience joy and discover the positivity of the natural world will find something here. In these difficult times, with the climate crises and the pandemic, a love of nature is the perfect antidote. These poems will provide hope, in the discovery or re-discovery, of the natural world.

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Nicole McGrath loves Trees, with a capital “T,” and has been observing and exploring the forests of Canada and the jungles of South and Central America for many years, attending events and spending time with locals, seeing how they eat and live, as well as witnessing their medicinal practices. Travelling to these places gave Nicole her best memories, and prompted her to write poetry, to put into words the songs she heard in Nature. Nicole’s poetry is also often inspired by other authors, nature lovers, and scientists who have dedicated themselves to the pursuit of protecting forests and wetlands. Nicole also loves creating art and living simply. She has painted en-plein-air in and around Ontario, including the Great Lakes, the Frontenac Arch regions, and in San Martin, Peru. Before Language There Was Song is Nicole McGrath’s first published book. Written with an abundance of calm and honesty, the author ultimately delivers a message of lifelong learning and belonging in the natural world, and a sense of a better future. Nicole currently resides in Ontario.


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