“What the River Knows” by Andrea Freeman


Andrea Freeman
Halcyon Wind Press (2016)
ISBN 9780989089715
Reviewed by Sheri Hoyte for Reader Views (11/16)

Article first published as Book Review: ‘What the River Knows: Conversations with the Natural World’ by Andrea Freeman on Blogcritics.

“What the River Knows: Conversations with the Natural World” is an exquisite book of poetic expression by Andrea Freeman. Inspired by her experiences in nature, Ms. Freeman articulates insightful, spiritual reflection in such a way as to willingly captivate her audience.

Each poem holds dear a deep and profound love for the world around us. From the marvels of wildlife, the beauty of the sun, moon, and stars, the colors and textures of the landscape, and the patterns and currents of the streams and seas, there is something that will call to the heart of every being to awaken with wonder and amazement.

I find peace and tranquility most effortless when I am in nature, whether in the mountains, on a beach, or even tending the garden in my own backyard. Just being in the great outdoors inspires deep respect, wonder, and awe. At times, such reflection can intimidate, and overwhelm – we are but a tiny speck in this great universe. Freeman has a way of stating these realities as well, with forthrightness and thoughtful deliberation, realizing that everyone and everything in this world has a time and a season.

Freeman takes awareness, appreciation, and gratitude of our great Earth to a whole other level, sharing some of the deepest, most sincere reflections I have ever witnessed. Her passion for nature, her dedication to the preservation of this world for future generations, and her rhythmical way with the written word is certain to inspire anyone to step out into the world with a new, refreshing viewpoint.

I found “What the River Knows: Conversations with the Natural World” by Andrea Freeman to be a unique treasure, that should be enjoyed over and over again. It would be a great book for a reading group or poetry club, and all fans of poetry and nature. Anyone so inclined to lose themselves in an array of extraordinary experiences should indulge in a copy of this book.

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