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Reviewed by Erin Nicole Cochran for Readers' Favorite
Journey into the Shadow and the Sunshine by Annabel Harz is a collection of emotion-steeped poetry and artistic creations formed by the artist herself. The assemblage is psychologically imprinted with Harz’s own soul and mind. Reading through the pages is as though you are seeing her “fingerprints” or “soulprints” everywhere. She indelibly leaves her mark on the reader, as if transferring her pain from her body into ours in such a way that leaves you in a solely empathetic state. Harz brings your past pain up to the surface to join her own in an intertwining dancing effect. You don’t come away depressed after reading her work but recharged, with the realization that you are not on your own, but that your pain is shared and universal.
Annabel Harz’s Journey into the Shadow and the Sunshine hits you squarely in the solar plexus. She doesn’t hide in her pain or truth but exposes it to the light and “sunshine” and it clearly speaks through her poetry and her colorful artistic creations dispersed in the collection. While her poetry is straight upfront, her artwork is mysterious at times, as many artists’ creations can be. But the wonder and curiosity that emanates after looking at her pieces only add to the collection itself. What is represented by this hand, and what do these shapes represent? It’s all a mystery that your brain excitedly tries to demystify for itself, and when it is unable to, there is no frustration, but simply appreciation.