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Every Tree is a Poet

Tiziano Fratus

Italy Essays

Every Tree is a Poet

Tiziano Fratus

Author

Tiziano Fratus (1975) is a writer, poet, publisher and traveller. In the silence of the Californian forests, he developed the concept of Homo radix (“root man”), the practice of alberography and the discipline of dendrosophy, by which he lives today. His writing has been translated into many languages and is included in several international anthologies of poetry and prose. He is a columnist, makes botanical itinerariums and guides and is also an enthusiastic photographer. For his writing about nature, he received the Le Ghiande di CinemAmbiente Award.

Overview

Natural science is intertwined with philosophical and meditative insights, just like roots are. Similarly, the novel strays into the realms of an essay or poetry. The book reveals a deep human bond with the forest. In a world increasingly composed of noise and plastic, a walk through the forest is an invigorating, poetic and educational experience, while walking itself becomes a tool of observation, thinking and creating poems.

Praise

The new book by Tiziano Fratus, the author of L’Italia è un bosco (Italy is a Forest) and Il libro delle foreste scolpite (The Book of the Carved Forests), is a modern fairy tale, a sort of philosophy of the forest that emphasises his inseparable link with nature.

Carlo Grande, La Stampa

In many of his books, Tiziano Fratus has opened a completely new world to those who have decided to shake off their inattention to trees – be it the trees in a forest or those in a city. Yet, Tiziano is not only a passionate and experienced tree seeker. He is also a poet who, in his journeys, investigates and listens to the truth of life. He will grab our hand and take us on the way through forests. Just to let us discover that time can disappear and that one can relax in the nature. And that God loves corrections and that the forest is like a piece of paper full of corrections. Or even that, indeed, every tree – is a poet.

Paolo Ciampi, Per le foreste sacre

Moving between nature and literature, with his new book Ogni albero è un poeta (Every Tree is a Poet) Tiziano Fratus offers the readers a true gem. Tiziano’s alter ego Silvano accompanies the reader on an enchanting walk through a forest that he calls the School of Disorder. There, he meets some people, but above all the natural elements that give birth to reflections, which touch on meditation.

Laura Frigerio, Donna Moderna