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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Nature is a fragile essential to life on this planet. We have used it, overused it, and abused it, and yet it maintains its glory, beauty, and never-ending power of resilience. At least, so far it has. But for how much longer and at what cost? Kat Sabatini’s Big Wing Review’s collection of poems, narratives, and multi-media artworks explores what makes nature so impressive. It’s not a romantic view of nature, by any means, but the words and images shared do touch on nature’s beauty and fragility, all through the interactions we, as humans, make with nature. It’s an emotional map that combines the creative powers of humanity with the overwhelming austere creativity of Mother Nature. Virginia Boudreau’s poem, Spiderwart, challenges the reader to consider alternate possibilities: “How would it be, to see anew/ through my iris-bright eyes/ endless possibility in the cacophony/ of hours that are mine to own?” Jennifer Lynn Craig defines the many different meanings of territory in her narrative, Unorganized Territory, concluding: “That territory seems virginal, that territory that temps us to settle in with our improvements – chances are, it has already been organized.”
Mother Nature does have its ways and means of organizing this planet despite humanity’s attempt to re-organize it through methods that might be deemed destructive. Trudy Borenstein-Sugiura’s vibrant image of a blue bird, which she calls Returned to Sender, expresses the raw aura of sublime essence in one of nature’s most profound creatures. Kat Sabatini’s Big Wing Review: Nature explores nature as we see it, as our inner selves experience it, and as it is, both primal, obsessively sublime, and ultimately fragile. A wide collection of creative minds have shared their works in this compendium, some baring their souls to express their deepest connections to the natural world. All manner of writing and visual art styles are used, each creative mind expressing in the manner they find works best for them. It’s an emotional rollercoaster; one that will have readers thinking deeply about their connection to nature.