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Product Details

  • Paperback: 94 pages
  • Publisher: Winter Goose Publishing (August 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985154896
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985154899
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,250,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

The beautiful county of Somerset in Southwest England serves as perpetual inspiration for Louise Hastings and her sensuous poetry, which contemplates the connections between the human psyche and the allure of our natural world. Louise allows her thoughts and emotions to breathe through the power of her artistic expression, creating a profound healing for both the mind and the soul. Follow Louise as she continues her poetic journey.

More About the Author

Louise J Hastings is a writer and the author of a first collection of poetry published by Winter Goose Publishing in 2012. Her newest book is a children's fiction novel, Beatha - A Badger's Story, written to help raise funds for the Badger Trust. Living on a wing and a prayer, Louise allow her thoughts and emotions to breathe through the power of artistic expression. A nature lover and defender of Gaia, she is inspired by the beautiful countryside of Somerset, in South West England

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Linnet on November 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
A question which is worthy of thought before you give your answer.

'Phases of the Moon' is a carefully crafted and selected collection of some of the very best of Ms Hastings poetry. In this debut anthology she shows us the wide spectrum of her poetic ability. There are poems both joyful and melancholy, ones that will tease your heart or mind and sometimes both. It is a magical journey to savour this book cover to cover, or to just dip in and pluck a single poem out to read and leave you thinking about the questions asked.

Louise's writing proclaims her love of the natural world, also her emotional connections to the ethereal or other worldly side of this precious thing we call existence.

I highly recommend this book for both seasoned poetry lovers and those who may feel intimidated by the complexity of poetry, her soft yet powerful style of writing will set you at your ease and absorb your senses in the most wonderful way.

To return to the question Ms Hastings asks in 'Fireweed' a moment when reading this book maybe longer than you realise but you will not mind getting lost in its pages.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jackie Dickt on November 24, 2012
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Louise weaves a magical tapestry of heartfelt words revealing her love of nature, probing the mystery of love...all done with spellbinding skill causing the reader to return again and again to absorb her magic. A must read for poets and lovers of poetry..
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marousia on October 13, 2012
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Louise Hasting's poetry is delicately wrought. Her poetry weaves a lyrical spell to transport readers into world's of beauty. She has a magic touch that brings forth the sublime in the most ordinary things. She confronts dark thoughts with immense courage transmuting them to gold. in short, her poetry is inspirational and uplifting without any sentimentality. Each time I reread Louise's poems I find something new.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Wilkin on August 20, 2012
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`What name defines me?' asks Louise Hastings in her poem called, simply, Poet. Well, after having savoured the delights of her first collection she is clearly a very talented poet who has the ability to hold the reader in the simple truths and beauty of her words. So many times I found myself stepping out at the end of a poem with a sense of its wholeness fixed firmly within me. That is her writing style. Her poems tend to capture you and hold you in the lilt and sway of her basic, uncomplicated rhythms.

Phases of the Moon is a glorious concoction of poems that paint the richest pictures of an Awakening, `away from the grey and mechanic into the poetic and extraordinary'. In her opening poem, Shadow Dancing, Louise likens her soul to `a blown fuse' as, through the process of writing, she begins to accept the frightening shadows that have haunted her for so long as spaces of potential discovery, `where there is life, death and love'. Striving desperately to throw off years of shackled emotions, her plea is heart wrenching and obvious in her poem Monday as she craves the `twisted love and yearning' of life as opposed to one that merely `drips water along the windowpane'.

Her troubled childhood features strongly in many of her poems. In the poem Phases of the Moon she finds herself `walking the asphalt lights with jagged shards of memories', a child cruelly deprived of `amber flight'. Similarly, in Inner Child we find her `cloaked in moth wings and dust' as she `trips down present-day halls, corridors that smell of emptiness'.

Yet, far from being confessionals, these beautifully crafted poems shine softly like petals in sunlight: each one an epiphany that carries with it emerging hope as Louise, herself, becomes `a little poem that could'.
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