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Into the Forest and all the Way Through is a collection of true crime poetry that explores the cases of over one hundred missing and murdered women in the United States.
Published September 13th 2020 (first published August 26th 2020)
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Bel Rodrigues
"so many question, but if the questions are all answered they cannot profit from your murder". ...more
Sadie Hartmann
Nov 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
'Before you continue into the forest I leave you with a few more thoughts--
--These women deserve rest and peace, and the people that took them away from us deserve to be punished...Justice sometimes takes time, but it is possible."- Cynthia "Cina" Pelayo
After reading this "Dear Reader" letter from the author, I decided I would go on this journey through the forest and go all the way through. No stopping. So I have done that today and I have just finished. These are my thoughts coming out of t
Well Read Beard
Jan 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-books
I have been reading for a long time. Never. Never has a 143 page book weighed this much. This isn't just a book. It isn't just poetry. This is a directory of death. It is a graveyard for innocence. This book is that thing we like to over look and call not human, yet it always returns and steps into the light to prove us wrong. What if goodness isn't inherently human? What if evil is just as inherent, or better yet, what if evil, violence, taking and destroying are the human norm and the goodness ...more
Sara Tantlinger
Sep 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dark-poetry
This is not an easy book to read. It will shatter your heart, and anyone who has experienced life as a woman will know all too intimately the fear in these pages, the choking dread of what could happen if I go for a walk too late, go to the grocery store at night, find myself some place at the wrong time...

"If I ask you to take me home, I expect to be taken home / Not dissolved into asphalt"

But these stories are so infinitely important, and so is what Cynthia Pelayo has done here. As someone who
Sonora Taylor
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 ⭐️ Haunting and beautiful. Hold the women in your life close. Protect our girls.
Robin Bonne
Feb 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, poetry
I found myself tearing up several times while reading these poems. My heart is heavy as I’m struck with how real each of these missing women was. Each of them had a life before it was stolen from them and these poems gave them a voice. It hit me hard.
Wayne Fenlon
Jan 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I honestly can't single out any poems in this collection. They all leave a mark.
It was a tough read. I could only manage a few a day.
But, it is an important one. It feels very respectful.
I'm glad I read it.
Glad it was put together.
Thank you, Cynthia.
Feb 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“You live only as long as the last person who remembers you.”

The above quote lingered with me while reading INTO THE FOREST AND ALL THE WAY THROUGH, a collection of true crime poetry, by Cynthia Pelayo. These poems explore the cases of over one hundred missing and murdered women from across the United States. This book was really unlike anything I have read before. Sure, I have read true crime stories but this one felt different, more tangible, more real, like in some way I knew these women, the
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Without interweaving basic facts from each missing woman’s case into the poems themselves, there would be no way for Pelayo to ground her audience in the lives and situations of the victims, so thus she aims to strike the perfect balance between storytelling details and metaphorical musings—and she does it well. This collection is as much a remembrance for the missing women as it is a challenge for those who know anything about these cases to speak up. One poem asserts “there is no mystery when ...more
Holly Garcia
Dec 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is unlike anything I've ever read before. True Crime...poetry. After reading a few glowing reviews I had to see what this was about, and man did it screw with my head. There are some beautiful passages here, haunting tales. You'll run the gambit of sadness and anger and frustration. I love how she emphasized the names of the women and NOT those of the assailants. I love that she gave the personal information after each poem, and a number to call in case anyone knows anything. Because sittin ...more
Brandi Guarino
Jan 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, true-crime
"There are thousands of missing women in America. There are thousands of women who have been murdered, yet their case has gone ignored, forgotten, cold."

Into the Forest and all the Way Through is a slim volume of true crime poetry that focuses on 100 of the thousands of missing women and young girls who are missing or murdered in America. At 156 pages, I thought that I would be able to read this book in one sitting, but I was very wrong. I could only read a few poems a night because of the heavi
Glen Krisch
Sep 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing and heartbreaking. Contender for my book of the year.
Chelsea Moreen
This was such a hard book to read, it was difficult in subject and hard to deal with at times, despite only being 150ish pages. This book is a collection of poems inspired and to raise attention to the thousands of women and children that go missing and are killed every year in America (and of course all over the world too). As a big fan of true crime on YouTube I wanted to give reading this a go, to learn more about some of the cases that are overlooked, simply for not having much information. ...more
Cassie Daley
"Into the forest and all the way through, I ask you to follow my voice."

This is a hard book for me to write about, as probably made evident by the fact that it took me nearly 2 months to read, and then almost 4 more to write a review on it. I want to be very clear here and stress that those things aren't due to it being a bad book, but speak instead to Cynthia Pelayo's writing ability - she genuinely broke me with this one, folks, and I don't blame her one bit: this book is so important. It will
Shane Hawk
Jan 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Cina broke my heart and scattered it around like the title in the cover design. Ouch!

Am I a diehard true crime fan? No.
Do I watch Netflix's true crime offerings? No.
Did I find this poetry collection to be top notch? Yes.

I struggled with the content within these pages, for they hold lots of grief, pain, sorrow, and unforgettable loss. Horror is my favorite genre. Love monsters, love blood, love creepiness. But true crime is another monster. It's real. These things have happened to real people. I
Feb 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cynthia Pelayo highlights the ongoing problem of missing and exploited women and girls whose stories are alternately sensationalized and forgotten. Pelayo honors these girls and women by acknowledging that they were real, they existed with hopes and dreams, and that they were valuable in and of themselves. This book of poetry pulled me in deep and left me struggling to come up to the surface for air. I appreciated that each entry contained information about the person who inspired the poem. Some ...more
Joshua Marsella
Jan 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heartbreaking and Infuriating

This collection of poems will weigh heavy on your soul. The writing is beautiful but the subject matter is absolutely heartbreaking. Pelayo uses her gift of poetry to tell the tragic stories of women, young girls, and even infants that had their lives robbed from them by perpetrators that were never caught. The way she’s able to tell so much of their stories while giving details on their murder/disappearance/discovery is not only a testament to her skill as a writer
Heather Horror Hellion
I got this book today and I finished it hours later.

I feel so much my heart aches. I took a break from reading to hug my son and tell him not to go missing (I don't think it helps but I said it)

I wouldn't say I'm an emotional person, it takes a bit for me to cry. This book hit that spot, it wedged in there, and I cried. I sat, and thought and felt for all these missing beauties. The fear they felt and the anger and confusion the families still have.

This book took a piece of my heart and I'm fin
Nov 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: currently-own
What a sad and heartbreaking collection of poems about the missing and unsolved murders of so many women in the U.S. I hope that people read this and can come forward to help close some of these cases.
Stephanie Wytovich
With everything that’s been happening in 2020, I’ve had a bit of an atypical reading year so far. That’s not to say that I haven’t been reading horror like usual, but I have found myself learning more toward nonfiction and memoir a bit more than usual, especially when it comes to preparing for classes, building courses, educating myself about the world and other people’s experiences, etc. However, one aspect of my reading habits that hasn’t changed has been my connection to and appetite for poet ...more
Zen Ghost Bookworm
Clearly a 5-star read, Pelayo deals you a death blow with each page as she refuses to let these women go unseen and unheard. We learn about women who have been murdered or have gone missing, from infants to the elderly, and every age in between. She shares the stories of victim's last moments, killer's dark motivations, and loved one's pain as they are left behind to wonder.

I read to relieve stress and escape for a bit. This book did NOT work for that purpose. I grieved for the pain and loss of
Weekend Reader_
Jan 12, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Wow this is a powerful poetry collection. It's a grim reality of how unprotected women and girls from violence. Pelayo poems documents the violence of these souls ranging in ages from 3-days to 70's over the span of multiple decades (1970s-to present). Each poem reads like a series of what if's or an indictment of the lack of police urgency to respond to the report. In many cases Pelayo alleges the killer is known male figure or a serial killer who was not identified by the police. Y'all this wa ...more
Fred Shrum
Feb 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cynthia Pelayo profiles the cases of over 100 missing and murdered women. These women are from all 50 states in the USA. Pelayo brings light to these cold cases in a most refreshing and accessible way – a true crime poetry collection. Her facts are journalistic, and her anguish is palatable.

I wept when I read “Sing Us a Lullaby”. I had to put the book down when I read “The Demons You Live With.” The heartbreak sets in once you remember that each of these babies, children and women are real; the
Dave Williams
Feb 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is like the “Unsolved Mysteries” TV series meets poetry — but without paranormal subjects. The true crime poetry is about cases of more than 100 women who are missing, or their bodies haven’t been identified.

After each poem, a list includes the name of the missing woman, where she went missing, her race, age at disappearance, the year she went missing, and the phone number of the investigating agency.

Those lists hit home, again and again, that every poem is about a real person. Their
I love this collection. Cina Pelayo combines her poet's skill and heart with the unflinching, but empathetic eye of a journalist. Compelling, impossible to put down, Into the Forest brings a deep sadness at so many missing, but also manages to place a loving hand on the heart of all that pain. She sees the lost, and makes certain we do, too. ...more
Ashley (bookishmommy)
Oct 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
MURDERINOS, CRIME JUNKIES AND ALL TRUE CRIME ADDICTS: You must stop everything and read this. A collection of true crime poetry based on actual cases of missing and murdered women in the US., Pelayo has created something truly brilliant. Powerful. Important. Its a must read. You will be inspired to take action and find justice for each woman in these poems.
Sara Kjeldsen
Dec 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A poetically written book honoring the memory of missing and murdered women

This was a poetically written book honoring the memory and respect to murdered and missing women and girls. Some were taken as young as four days old while others were in their forties. All taken too soon and robbed of their wonderful potential. While sad to read, it's such an honourable thing to give a voice to those who can't speak any longer.
Melissa Nowark
Feb 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Into the Forest and All the Way Through is a poetry collection highlighting missing and murdered women in America. It’s dark, it’s beautiful, it’s terrifying. This is my first book by Cynthia Pelayo, and I can’t wait to read everything else she’s ever written.

Besides being beautiful, Pelayo also adds in a contact number for every case, because someone out there has to know something about these women. This is important reading, if only to get the conversation started.

Get your tissues ready.
Sep 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Haunting. I finished it in one sitting. These stories need to be told.
Shannon Kirk
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Astonishing. Gorgeous and meaningful verse. Inspires great emotion and empathy. I’m floored by how much time, talent, and magic it took to put together this necessary set of poems. Brava.
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Cynthia “Cina” Pelayo is two-time Bram Stoker Awards® nominated poet and author. She is the author of LOTERIA, SANTA MUERTE, THE MISSING, and POEMS OF MY NIGHT, all of which have been nominated for International Latino Book Awards. POEMS OF MY NIGHT was also nominated for an Elgin Award. Her recent collection of poetry, INTO THE FOREST AND ALL THE WAY THROUGH explores true crime, that of the epide ...more

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