In The Wild in You: Voices From the Forest and the Sea, photographer Ian McAllister and poet Lorna Crozier offer up a vision of the world that will soothe even the most stressed-out urbanite—unless that city dweller is turned off at the sight of a sea otter, puffin, or gray wolf.
The compact book pairs photographs of wildlife inhabiting North America’s Pacific coast rainforest with original poetry that seeks to understand the world from a wild animal’s point of view.
In less-skilled hands, the results could have been saccharine. But Crozier and McAllister succeed. The photos are engaging, the poems flavored with some of the mythological meanings that many human generations have layered onto the Pacific coast landscape and its inhabitants.
A clear-eyed affection for the region comes through in their dedication: “For the bears and the salmon, the trees and the wolves, and those who work to save them.”