About the Book
Reflections: A Journey through Life is more than just a poetry book, it’s a transformative pilgrimage of the soul, heart, and mind. Moreover, it’s a true story of overcoming hardship and finding hope, even in the direst of circumstances. Through heartfelt poetic storytelling, Jesus Valencia illustrates his personal experiences spanning five decades of his lifetime, including serving his country, navigating substance abuse, and living abroad in Korea. The relatable struggles and victories within these pages serve as a reminder of our undeniable interconnectivity and that we are never completely alone on this beautifully tumultuous journey. Above all, we are reminded that “[we] need darkness / to see the stars, and / sometimes courage / can be the same.”
When you have enjoyed a life that has been well lived there is always plenty to look back on and ponder. No life is ever perfect and we each have moments that are good and bad, happy and sad, momentous and trivial, as we face the challenges that we encounter and either overcome them or resign ourselves to their influence over us.
In Reflections: A journey through life by Jesus Valencia, you are treated to a snapshot of his life, loves, fears and all the things that make life worth living. From verses that explore his dreams for the future, right through to the contemplation of death and how we face that most final of instants, he captures moments that go beyond simple poetry and take you on a journey that many have experienced but which are intimate at the same time.You can start at the beginning, the middle or end, read it all at once or take your time over days or weeks. It is a book to pick up at times when we want to reflect on our own lives, hopes or dreams or when we are looking for courage in the face of fear or uncertainty.
About the Author
Baseball is my religion and I am an SF Giants fan. I was born in Los Angeles but I never really felt like I fit in. I am an Army veteran and spent 5 years living in Korea. Currently, I live in San Francisco and I’m trying my hand at writing poetry. I love cats and live with one named Rasputin. I love history and reading about the world. I have been known to say stupid shit, and I am sarcastic in a funny way. I like to keep to myself and I’m a bit of an introvert.
Qn 1: Can you tell us more about your book What is it about?
My book is about my experiences in life told through poetry. The poems are little pieces of my life. Some of the poems in the book have taken years to write.
Qn 2: Who do you think would be interested in this book, is it directed at any particular market?
I think that people who enjoy poetry would be interested the most. The book deals with topics that are familiar to people.
Qn 3: Out of all the books in the world, and all the authors, which are your favourite and why?
My favorite book is Alice in Wonderland. I enjoy the quirkiness of the book. The logic of being illogical. It’s a fun book. I don’t have a favorite author, however, Alice in Wonderland is my favorite book.
Qn 4: What guidance would you offer to someone new, or trying to enhance their writing?
I’m new myself so there’s not much I can offer as far as guidance. However, I can say that if you really want to do something in life, you’ll find a way.
Qn 5: Where can our readers find out more about you, do you have a website, or a way to be contacted?
I don’t have a website yet I still getting started. I can be contacted at;
firstname.lastname@example.org Or you can follow me at;