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Phases of the Moon Paperback – August 20, 2012
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'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.
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'.Read more ›
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A talented poet whose work everyone can relate to, Phases of the Moon invokes a range of emotions and such beautiful imagery. Read morePublished on March 16, 2014 by Kathryn Dechairo
Louise Hastings and "raw emotion" are synonymous in her debut collection "Phases of the Moon." Her experiences, her voice, her strengths, and hopes all shine, as she goes deep... Read morePublished on March 11, 2013 by Monty