Thursday, 5 September 2019

The Awakening by Stuart Peacock

The Awakening by Stuart Peacock
Published by Apex Publishing in October 2015.

Featured in Cover Characteristics: Eyes

How I got this book:
Received a review copy from the author

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Do you enjoy reading poetry?
Are you looking for something out of the ordinary?
A poem can affect our mood and make us see the world differently. It can convey a wealth of emotion in just a few short lines. The skill of the poet is in choosing the right words to get his message across and create a lasting impact on the reader so that they will want to revisit the poem time and again. The Awakening is a collection of poems that does just that. The poems in this book embrace the fantastical and dream-like nature of our world, telling stories of the search for contentment and ultimately redemption, as well as the darkness and confusion that may tempt and consume us along the way.
Dip inside this book to discover poems about a range of experiences from love and loss and relationships, through compulsion and self-destruction and what it is that makes us human. If you like poetry, you are certain to want to add The Awakening to your collection.

This review was first blogged on Stephanie Jane in December 2015.
Stuart Peacock contacted me through my Writers On Social listing to ask if I would be interested in reading his new poetry collection, The Awakening. This is my third book of that title although obviously it is very different from Kate Chopin's historical novel or the fantasy fiction of Emma Jones!

The Awakening is a particularly thoughtful poetry collection which examines a range of concepts, emotions and philosophical questions. I liked Peacock's presentation of his ideas which are often quite abstract so I found myself taking time after each poem to ponder, rather than rushing on to the next offering. This was an enjoyable collection to dip into after a day's hiking and made for a relaxing evening. Favourite poems for their imagery alone were The Secret Library and The Last Train, and I was especially impressed with the dark vision of Mind Of Murder. An Ode To Orange is fun and apt with the bright autumnal colours still around us here in the Pyrenees. Also topical are the volcanic power of Unquenchable and the beautiful Christmas sentiments of The Simple Joy.

I am very pleased to have been given the opportunity to read and enjoy The Awakening and will look forward to further poems he may publish in the future.

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  1. Wonderful review. I think you've summed up the collection well. :D

  2. How funny that you've read so many books with that title lol. This sounds great with how it made you ponder over each poem so much.

    1. All the Awakenings are very different books too. I should seek out a couple more and do a 5Books1Theme post for them!

  3. I am not typically one for poetry but I enjoyed your review!

  4. I have been loving poetry lately so I am always up for getting more recommendations. Interesting that this one has some philosophical tones to it. Sounds good to me!