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Reviewed by Sierra Blasko for Readers' Favorite
Full of evocative imagery and a gorgeous interior, The Forest by T.C. Anderson delivers a haunting walk through the poetic woods of humanity, of longing and estrangement. The Forest is a 42-page collection of poetry and art. It has been split into three acts (the branches, the forest, and the roots), along with an introductory poem, which greets the reader and summarizes the road they're about to take. Many of the poems are accompanied by sketches of nature, and according to the author's bio, the collection was developed to accompany an art installation (also titled "The Forest") by Mari Omori.
Let me just start this off by saying that I'm about as tired as the next person of hearing reviewers rave, "It's not just a poetry book, it's an experience," over mediocre poetry. But, I ask you, how else am I supposed to describe this collection? It feels like fall; it feels like childhood in the woods and adulthood on early autumn sidewalks. It feels like fresh summer air from the only open window on a bus and the chill you get from a spring day turned unexpectedly cold. It feels like a lover who brings flowers home from work and a best friend you haven't texted in years (but you want to -- oh, you want to).
To start with something more concrete than just my synesthetic ramblings, the poetry inside is definitely not mediocre. There's a depth and sway to it that isn't present in lesser collections. The poems hit me deep inside, and I loved the way they were paired with sketches and interesting formatting. Also, I'm a sucker for white text on black backgrounds. A perfect book to read as the seasons change, preferably at home or your favorite cafe, with a gentle drink and New Constellations by Ryn Weaver playing in the background.