Writing a review for your own poetry book can be a challenging and introspective task. It involves navigating the fine line between self-expression and self-promotion while critically assessing your own work.
I wrote my first poetry book Love Moons 2 years ago. I published it through an independent publisher and relied mostly on their marketing plan than mine to get the book into the masses. It is interesting I didn’t do much to promote my own book as a blogger who is well versed in marketing and promoting third party products/services. It IS what I do. Right?
But anyways, other than providing a purchase link to Love Moons on my Get the Books page on the blog, I did nothing. Not even a single blog post dedicated to Love Moons. It is almost like, I was embarrassed to talk about my book child.
But of course now I am circling back to my behavioral issues surrounding this. Clearly there is a problem and I am gonna zero in on it. For me, these experiences are teaching moments that need to be taken up and understood.
Problem- The Duality
As a creator and the critic I might come in with a unique approach on Love Moons due to the emotional investment I have in my work and the challenge of maintaining objectivity. I may reflect on the creative process by delving into the emotions, experiences, and inspirations that fueled my creativity. I get to acknowledge the vulnerability that comes with sharing personal reflections and insights, and it intensifies when turning a critical eye inward. It is complex, isn’t it?
There is a difficulty in stepping back from the emotional connection I have with my poems to assess them objectively. The challenge is being both the artist and the audience, trying to see your work through the eyes of a reader.
Not to mention, Every piece of art has its imperfections. Addressing them in my work requires a delicate touch. To be honest, it is hard to acknowledge areas where you feel the poetry might fall short or could have been improved. But I would focus on the growth and learning that comes from recognizing these imperfections. Hey, acknowledgment is part of the artistic journey after all!
Keeping the duality of the Creator and the Critic in mind, I am going to try my best to present my book child, Love Moons poetry to you my readers officially today!
Love Moons: A Celestial Journey through Matters of the Heart
The moon, with its various phases of waxing and waning, is a powerful metaphor for the different stages of a relationship. What exactly are these phases?
- New Moon (Beginning): The start of love, a new relationship, or the initial spark of attraction.
- Waxing Crescent (Growth): As the moon grows, so does the love. This phase could represent the deepening connection and blossoming emotions.
- First Quarter (Development): Challenges and obstacles may arise, reflecting the struggles that often come with maintaining a relationship.
- Waxing Gibbous (Maturation): The love continues to mature and strengthen, overcoming hurdles and deepening in understanding.
- Full Moon (Peak): The culmination of love, representing the height of emotional connection and fulfillment.
- Waning Gibbous (Decline): The gradual fading or challenges that may lead to a decline in the intensity of the relationship.
- Last Quarter (Crisis): A critical phase where the relationship may face significant challenges or even a potential breakup.
- Waning Crescent (Closure): The final stages of a relationship, with emotions waning and acceptance setting in.
- New Moon (Rebirth): The cycle begins anew, perhaps with the possibility of new love or personal growth.
In my debut poetry book- Love Moons, moon phases are condensed into 4 – New Moon, Waxing, Waning and Full Moon. Poetry is timeless. So is love. What better way to express love than through poetic thoughts? Although timeless and eternal, love does go through stages. Like moon phases. Love Moons take you on a lunar journey to discover everything we have known and yet to learn about love. It is sprinkled with passion, promises, commitments, compromises, betrayal, sacrifices and finally a realization of self that truly endures through it all. A self that powers through it’s eclipses in life’s darker moments to find it’s radiance on moonlit nights- to come full circle. Each time.
I try to weave the intricacies of love and relationships into a celestial tapestry of emotions. From the first stanza to the last, readers on an enchanting journey through the phases of love, much like the waxing and waning of moons in the night sky.
This collection insists your profound understanding of the human heart and the myriad emotions that accompany the intricate dance of love. I have tried to craft a work of art in each poem adorned with vivid imagery and metaphors that resonate with the reader’s own experiences. There is a timeless quality in these pages, making “Love Moons” a collection that transcends the boundaries of time and space.
I believe one of the standout features of the book is its ability to capture the essence of both the euphoric highs and the challenging lows of love. I explore the delicate balance between passion and vulnerability, painting a realistic portrayal of the complexities inherent in romantic relationships. The poems are imbued with a sense of authenticity that allows readers to connect on a deeply personal level.
I have tried for that thematic consistency in “Love Moons” with the seamlessly transitions between various aspects of love – from the initial spark of attraction to the bittersweet moments of farewell. Each poem feels like a chapter in a cosmic love story, with the moon serving as a silent witness to the ever-changing dynamics of the heart.
I wanted the language to be both evocative and elegant, evoking a range of emotions with every turn of phrase. The rhythmic flow of verses and the careful selection of words, creates a melodic harmony that enhances the emotional impact of each poem.
“Love Moons” is a testament to the enduring power of poetry to encapsulate the essence of the human experience. It is not merely a collection of poems but a guide that navigates the reader through the labyrinth of love, leaving an indelible mark on the soul. Whether you are a seasoned poetry enthusiast or a newcomer to the genre, “Love Moons” is a celestial delight that will leave you spellbound and yearning for more.
Nurturing the Soul Through Verses of Self-Care and Mental Wellness
Love Moons serves as a gentle guide to the realms of self-care, personal awareness, and mental wellness. Through the artistry of words in this book, I have tried offering readers a sanctuary for introspection and healing fostering a sense of well-being.
The poetry in “Love Moons” orbits around themes crucial to the journey of self-discovery and mental wellness. I delve into the complexities of love, resilience, and the ebbs and flows of life. Each poem serves as a metaphorical moon, illuminating the reader’s path toward self-awareness and healing. The collection explores the beauty of self-love, the strength found in vulnerability, and the importance of embracing one’s authentic self.
The words and vivid imagery in Love Moons is carefully chosen. The verses are a delicate dance between simplicity and profoundness, making the collection accessible to readers of various backgrounds and ages. Metaphors and similes are employed with finesse, allowing readers to connect deeply with the emotions expressed. The rhythmic flow of the poems contributes to a meditative reading experience, creating a harmonious cadence that resonates with the soul.
Impact on Self-Care
“Love Moons” serves as a beacon of light for those navigating the intricate landscapes of self-care. The poems act as affirmations, encouraging readers to prioritize their mental well-being and embrace self-love. I want Love Moons to be a source of comfort, providing solace during challenging times and celebrating the small victories in the journey towards personal growth. The collection encourages mindfulness, fostering a heightened sense of awareness and appreciation for the present moment.
Contribution to Personal Awareness
The exploration of personal awareness is a central theme in “Love Moons. I invite readers to embark on a reflective journey, prompting them to ponder life’s complexities and discover hidden facets of themselves. The poetry encourages a mindful examination of thoughts and emotions, fostering a deeper understanding of one’s inner landscape. Through the prism of the verses, readers may find a mirror reflecting their own experiences, leading to moments of revelation and self-acceptance.
Mental Wellness and Healing
“Love Moons” stands as a testament to the healing power of poetry. Poetic empathetic words provide a balm for the soul, offering solace and hope to those navigating the challenges of mental health. The collection serves as a reminder that vulnerability is a strength and that, through self-reflection and self-compassion, one can embark on a transformative journey towards mental wellness.
What I like to believe as accomplishment in “Love Moons is a poetic masterpiece that transcends the boundaries of traditional verse. This collection is not merely a book of poems but a companion on the path to self-discovery and well-being. Through its exploration of love, self-care, and mental wellness, “Love Moons” invites readers to embrace the beauty of their own existence and find solace in the eloquence of the written word. This anthology is a timeless contribution to the literary landscape, resonating with those seeking a sanctuary of healing and introspection.
…and The Catch
Artists and creators perpetually embark on a quest to achieve the zenith of their craft. More often than not, the elusive nature of perfection pervades their endeavors, manifesting in self-critical reflections such as, “It could have been refined further,” or, “I might have articulated this sentiment more adeptly.” I do not assert that my creation, Love Moons, attains perfection. I am aware that the artistic journey persists, as I aspire to attain the gratification from crafting an impeccably executed piece, leaving no space for subsequent enhancement.
So, I am already working on a sequel to Love Moons.
Meantime if you are inclined, check out Love Moons. Don’t hesitate to reach out with any feedback, thoughts etc. Looking forward to meeting you in the moon phases xoxo
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