My Poem “Deus Poetica”

I feel like I have just awoken
from a ten year long dream...
I feel like I have just spent a decade
being inspired, inspiring,
and embodying the spirit
of the God of Poetry...
I feel like all the drama
that came before has been washed away...
I feel like I have stepped through a door
and out into the world of a brand new day -
but one that does not resemble
all that have come before in any way...
I feel like I have emerged and arisen
from a shell wherein which I grew
and I matured into who and what I am now...
I feel like I can now be something
and someone I could not have been in the past...
I feel like I am now unchained...
I feel like from now on
I will not be mind-tricked by those
who see me as a means to an end...
I feel like the pieces of life's puzzle
are once again moving to create a new picture...
I feel like I am traveling towards
something that will redefine my life
and build the reality of my future...
I feel like I can take a step back at the same time that I take a step forwards
and at any given moment plant new roots
and at the same that I grow new leaves,
apples, and flowers upon the branches
of my ever-changing muse tree...
I feel like I can hear the voice of the divine
telling me that everything is going to be fine
and that one day once again I will find
the inspiration that will add to the life's work
of the eternal God of Poetry.

‘POET of the Multiverse’ by Mark Hastings – OUT NOW!

My new poetry collection 'POET of the Multiverse' is Out Now and available to buy in paperback and as an ebook for Kindle from Amazon! This collection of poems, all written by me, is a poetic reflection of myself, of my journey as a poet, as a writer, as an author, as a son, as a brother, as an optimist, as a dreamer over the last 10 years, as well as being a celebration of life, the universe, and the infinite possibilities that can follow after taking a leap of faith, a leap of love, and a leap of imagination into the unknown.

You can get a copy of my new book 'POET of the Multiverse' from Amazon.com and Amazon UK!

Happy reading! ☺

-Mark 

Become a Patron on Patreon

Support Mark The Poet and The Mark Hastings Experience podcast by becoming a Patron on Patreon - where, depending on which tier you choose, you will get to hear episodes of the podcast, including poems, before they stream online... where you could get a personlised poem written for you... where you could get a signed copy of one of my books, and much much more! So, if that sounds good to you then head over to Patreon right now, show your support, and get back!

My new book ‘Poet of the Multiverse’ – coming soon…

Hello Friends!

It is my great pleasure to be able to once again announce the publication of a new book of my poetry, entitled... POET of the Multiverse! POET of the Multiverse is a collection of poems - some that can be found on MarkThePoet.Me, some that can only be found exclusively within the pages of my new book, and one or two that you may only have read if have a copy of my first poetry collection Poet of the Sphere.

The intention of the poems within POET of the Multiverse is to be a celebration, of sorts. You see, it has been 10 years since I got my first book, Poet of the Sphere, published and my journey as a writer from then to now has been incredible, amazing, unbelievable, fulfilling, gratifying, and epic in so many ways. I have written 12 books since 2012 - filled with poetry, short-stories, novellas; however, no matter what I have written, poetry has always been my first love and the way that I choose to express myself and share the unfiltered inspiration within me.

Since 2022 marks the 10th anniversary of the publication of my first book I decided to put together a brand new collection of poems that I hope give people an insight into who I am as a person, as a poet, as a writer, at the same time reflecting upon the poetic journey that I have been on since I first became an author. And I hope that everybody enjoys reading every verse of the multitude of verses to be found within the poems of my new book, POET of the Multiverse.

The paperback version of POET of the Multiverse will be out soon, but if you cannot wait to get yourself a copy then you can get the ebook version right now for Kindle on Amazon: here

I hope you like what you read! ☺

-Mark

TMHE – Episode #37: Special Halloween Episode – My Short story: The Witch in the Well

In this Special Halloween Episode, Mark reads his short story “The Witch in the Well” from his 2016 book of short stories and poetry ‘Too Close To The Sun’. All of Mark’s books are available as ebooks/paperback from Amazon, Barnes&Noble, Waterstones, and all other good online bookstores. © Mark Hastings

Looking for the perfect book to read this Halloween? 🎃

Then look no further and get yourself, or somebody your love, a copy of my book ‘VEGA – The Vampire King‘ in paperback or as an ebook from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1938082397/ref=cm_sw_r_awdo_navT_g_8XQBAXC7JBVRPE5NH1R6 🧡👻🐺

And I hope everybody has a happy Halloween! 🎃

The Mark Hastings – Episode #5: “First Thoughts”

In this episode Mark talks about “first thoughts” – meaning the first thing that instantly comes to mind when we are asked a particular question, such as: what is your favourite film? What is your favourite book? And Mark talks about why it is also important to sometimes revisit certain things because as we live our lives our perspective on certain things can change in unforeseen ways.

My Poem “The Burning Bulb”

This is what I remember...
this is how it used to be...
this is what I and many others
like me have been unable
to do for almost a year...
this is how I have spent
so many mornings as a writer, as a poet,
and as an observer of human nature:
sitting in my favourite café,
as the bells of a nearby clock ring out,
and feel like I am where and when
I need to be to take out my notebook
and write some new poetry.

It hasn't been the same experience,
it hasn't been the same magic -
even though I have not stopped
writing, nor creating new things,
over the last twelve months
I, like everybody, has had to adapt to living
in a world divided in so many ways...
even though I have not been
lacking in ideas, inspiration, drive,
nor passion to let my poetic side express itself -
now that I am back, sitting inside
and enjoying the ambience and the atmosphere
around me that I know so well,
which for years has fuelled my creativity,
I honestly feel as if I am able to spread
the wings of my intrinsically
poetic and artistic spirit.

I have learned over the years
to embrace every moment,
because things can very easily
be put on pause, beyond our control,
or can even be brought to an abrupt end -
which is why I often dwell upon memories
of where I have been, of what I have seen
and of what I have felt throughout my life...
I am someone who has always looked
to the distant horizon and to the future -
but when anybody goes through
a period of being within something,
or away from someone who matters to them,
everybody undoubtedly feels
this need to somehow go back,
to recapture and to relive all that to them
for so long has always felt like
a constant burning bulb of energizing
inspiration, light, and hope.