Exploring intimate worlds and profound moments, British poet Louise Hastings debut collection will open your mind and haunt your senses. With unique imagery and powerful emotion, you will be consumed as you set sail on an ethereal journey through artistry and imagination. Available to buy from Amazon.com Amazon UK and Barnes & Noble
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“Louise’s very first poetry collection, having touched just about every emotion it is possible to feel, leaves me thrumming with an inner contentment as her words linger like the aftertaste of strong chocolate. And the way in which she dips her poems into the universe and all its mysteries automatically draws out comparisons with the poetry of Mary Oliver. 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’. Love, too, touches her like ‘a silken tendril along my skin’ as, freed now from the trammels of her past, she finds herself ‘embraced by the scent of warmer rain’. ” ~ Extract of a review by Peter Wilkin You can read his full review here
“This new collection of poetry by Louise Hastings has that rare and special quality that means you return to it again and again. At times poignant and touching, Louise shares her emotional insights into nature – and how it touches our lives.” ~ Review by Tony Riches, author of Terra Nova and Queens Sacrifice
“The words that spill from Louise’s pen will move you! She has a way of conveying thought and feeling unlike any other modern day poet I’ve read in a while. Her poetry may very well change you.” ~ Review by Nick Papageorgio
“Having read and enjoyed many wonderful poets before, this collection came as a breath of fresh air. A variety of poetry is displayed in this short anthology, ranging from quite melancholic work, to light work. Definitely all phases of the moon covered.
Ms Hastings poetry is deep, meaningful and intellectual. All good poetry should make us think after the read, and leave us with questions. In my honest opinion if you’re left with a sense of catharsis after opening poems, then you’re reading the wrong book. Phases of the moon takes us on a journey into one’s psyche. A romp through the authors inner secrets, and secrets that touch upon the whole of humanity.
Intertwining metaphor of nature and impeccable word use, combined with heart, especially in poems such as Hunter’s moon and To where a name could reach, this anthology not only draws you in, but spits you out with a sense of wanting more.
Great read, I would highly recommend” ~ Shan Williams
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. ~ Marsha Berry, author of Patinas & Spinning
I am new to this poet, but I was drawn right in as soon as I’d downloaded her book. Louise’s writing is clever, moving, sometimes sombre and sometimes brighter. She connects us with nature in an atmospheric way. I totally recommend her work, and i will return to these poems on the days I need to reach out to nature and my soul. ~ Hemmie Martin, Author of The Divine Pumpkin and In the Attic of the Mind