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4.11  ·  Rating details ·  199 ratings  ·  32 reviews
Brian W. Foster makes his entrance into the literary world with "Blackened White", a first person account of life, love, faith, and pain. In this collection of poems, essays, and short stories, Foster offers a series of brutally honest, often humorous, and profoundly ironic writings chronicling a journey into his own human condition. Using his unique style of prose and sto ...more
Kindle Edition, 80 pages
Published April 16th 2012 by FeedBrewer, Inc.
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Sarah Spence
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Are we on the internet?

Bought the paperback after discovering that our very own Brian W. Foster, lovely host of Talks Machina, wrote a book! Why hadn't I heard of this before? And come to find that this is one of the more honest books I've ever read. Goodness gracious, it's hard to come by an author who is willing to be blunt with their audience. It's nice to have a reminder that everyone is facing their own demons at any given time; I forget that too often. I don't look at the iceberg beneath t
Aug 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't realize how short this book was until it arrived in the mail. Oh well, I forgive you Brian. I had been wanting to read this ever since I met Brian W. Foster at Gen Con in 2017, and so I picked it up so I could read it before Gen Con 2018, just in case I ran into him, so I could maybe get him to sign it and be able to talk to him about it. The book contains poetry/prose/essays and they were really interesting. Now, I will say that at the very beginning of the book, Foster does apologize ...more
Lara Frazier
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was a fan of Brian and his wit and snarky attitude from "Talks Machina" but even more so now for his sincerity and vulnerability in this book. And he's publishing another one pretty soon which I'm really excited about. The very first poem in the book "Night Stand" is probably my favorite, followed very closely by "Spring" and the last poem "If The Medicine Fails".

Brian really knows how to lay that last line.

PS There's another Brian W. Foster that's written some fantasy books and a Brian Foster
Jan 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Long time fan of BWF through Critical Role, first time reader of his writing. His stuff is nothing profound or thought provoking, but his experiences and thoughts are laid out bare for all to interpret. He clearly states in his introduction as such. A few pieces stood out to me, but ultimately this book makes me look forward to what his writing is like now, how much he’s learned or changed in the past six years.
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
Thought this was a very good collection of writings. I appreciate authors who take the no-bullshit approach to poetry. So much of art these days feels pretentious, forced, or obvious that is made for money. All of these writings felt pretty raw, and raw isn't always pretty, but at least its the truth. ...more
Are we on the internet?

Brian W Foster has written a touching, painful, brutally honest book of poetry and short prose. I finished it yesterday afternoon and it’s still with me 24 hours later. I’m only sorry I hadn’t read it sooner and I hope to read more in the future.
Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
Well damnit, Cabbage, this was beautiful. These poems are intimate, honest, painful, and beautiful, and I don’t just know Brian better, I have a new inkling of myself.
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I knew Brian W Foster only from the Critical Role show, but was eager to read his book after watching his interviews.
I was not entirely sure what to expect from this book, but I was certainly impressed. I do not pretend to understand every poem in its entirety - all of them, however, carry a beauty and sadness with them that I have not encountered so far in any other book. His sometimes brutal honesty with himself is enlightening, and he expresses one idea very clearly - that even things we love
Malin Hellström
Exhausting. In a good way.
Bryce Frye
Aug 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Brian W. Foster is one of my favorite people in this world. His genuine nature truly shines here as he is self evaluating, constructive, and hurt. He documents struggles with addiction, battles with faith, and rocky relationships with women and people. Foster expresses his interest in people’s secrets early on, and continues to provide images of nakedness, and vulnerability which is often shown in an appreciative light. He does this while expressing his own caginess, even to people closest to hi ...more
Stev Paulson
Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: p2
My wife bought this book for me for my birthday. We’re fans of Critical Role, and Talks as well, of course. Brian’s story has always been shrouded in mystery, intrigue and heartbreak. Knowing what little I do about his story, I knew this would be a collection of deep, funny, tortured poems, and I was very right. What surprised me was just how close to home some of these poems hit me. While I don’t share most details in Brian’s life that would have contributed to this work, I do feel like we shar ...more
Cecilie K.
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
"My friend, what I offer you in this book is not perfection[...]This book is nothing if not an 'open house' flier." States the I introduction alongside a lovely message to read behind the words and find the meaning. And it is not perfect, it is a messy, emotional mix of poetry and prose. Confessional poetry broken up by verses of nautical themed metaphors, prose pieces that take us through L.A. and the authors struggle to cast anchor. It is a excellent lesson in not consuming things that only wi ...more
Erin Scott
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Not a happy go lucky book; but one that recognizes complicated human experiences and reveals them. Foster utilizes his last lines like an aside comment in a conversation, taking the entirety of the thing you just read and turning it on its head as you're about to go or pulling at your heart strings one last time before releasing.

Doesn't sugar coat complicated relationships - seeming to relish in them instead. Hopeful having passed through tough times.

He does mention grammatical and spelling erro
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
It is a rare book that breaks me and then heals me again. But gosh "Blackened White" was absolutely what I needed to read right now. Thank you Brian W Foster for your beautiful words and honesty, for the hidden truths in each line of beauty and sorrow. For letting a heart know and understand, when the mind perhaps cannot fathom the truth that is presented. Thank you ...more
Claire Kuszynski
I had a very visceral reaction to most of the works in this collection. It is one of the most annotated books on my shelf that was not an assignment. I continually come back to works within this collection trying to create my own understanding of each piece. Finding new parts I feel a connection to. The honesty written into every page is something I admire about this work.
Valerie Lynn
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Blackened White portrayed Foster's experiences in poetry and prose that was grounded enough to be emotionally accessible. I liked the voice and tone he wrote with, always self aware. "Spring" and "The Strong Man" really resonated with me. ...more
Blake McGlusky
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A published art piece of raw emotion, this is not a story for you or I, this is for the author in its entirety. Every line evoked emotion in me that made me feel as though I was experiencing the situation, rather than the onlooker I am.
Kenzo Vereecken
Nov 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Hard for me to rate this one. Sometimes it's feels like I'm trying to understand something that've never experienced.
At other times it cuts deep and true.
Might have to read this again later to beter grasp it.
If Brain ever writes another book I'll definitely read it.
Adam Gutschenritter
Dec 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
Maybe it was the tone, or maybe the poetry itself, or quite possibly, as a Critical Role fan, I was vested already knowing Foster's backstory, but I really liked this book. My favorite was without a question was Fear is a Poison. ...more
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I love Brian but damn if these weren't the ramblings of a mediocre white man who desperately needed to get his shit together ...more
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
This might be one of my favorite books and definitely the best book I've read in a few years. ...more
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dark and powerful.
Apr 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Beautiful, but heartbreaking stories and poetry. Fascinating read.
Eriksen Ravey
May 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Not the most cohesive of books with some underdeveloped ideas, but also some really interesting stories and poems to boot.
Oct 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Introspective, thoughtful, real.

If this is love

Then everything will be alright.
Casey Davidson
Dec 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm always hesitant to read a man's poetry, but was pleasantly not disappointed while reading this. Feels very human and unpretentious. ...more
East Greenbush Community Library
Thoughtful, inspiring, and emotional poetry that tells the story of a lost young man and his search for meaning and purpose in his life.
Kelsey Low
Dec 30, 2020 rated it liked it
A lovely book of poetry.
Dec 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
I would definitely call this review biased, since I have lots of affection for Brian Foster from watching him work with Critical Role, but I'm also trying to be honest in how I experienced the collection.

First and foremost, and something Foster mentions in the forward, this would have been much better with an editor. There were quite a few grammatical errors that, while superficial, are sometimes distracting. I also think an editor would help focus some of the images Foster evokes. Sometimes his
Oct 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
3.5 One has to be in a certain mood for it.
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Brian W. Foster is a writer, poet, and singer/songwriter born in Long Beach, CA. He is the author of Blackened White, a best-selling series of short stories and poetry. His first EP of original music titled Odessa was released the following year. In 2016, Brian was approached by the cast of Critical Role to create and host a companion after-show for their weekly Dungeons & Dragons game, streamed l ...more

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