My Poem “Return of the Poet”

Even though, at times, I may have
ventured "Too Close To The Sun",
I will always be the "Poet of the Sphere"...
even though I have written about
"The Wolf in Me", "The Wolf in You",
"The Wolf in Us" and "Vega - The Vampire King",
I will always emanate "The Sound of Mark"...
even though I have been "Playing God",
I will always be "The Eternal Boy"...
I will always be "The Dreamer and The Dream"...
I will always love "Truly Madly Deeply"...
I will always be "The Rambler"...
I will always be the "Poet of the Multiverse"...
I will always be "The Comeback Kid";
because, even though I have stories within me
that I believe are just waiting to be told,
poetry is my life's blood...
poetry is my voice...
poetry is my epic flood...
poetry is my universe within which
I do not have a choice -
because poetry is my destiny,
it always has been
and it always will be...
poetry has brought me gifts of connection...
poetry has always been within me...
there isn't a day that goes by
when I do not open my eyes
and see the light of inspiration...
there isn't a day that goes by
when I do not listen and hear
the rhythm of life's music
in unison with my multi-layered imagination...
even when things seemed to be
coming to the end of their calling,
I always believed that whenever
the time arose when I might need
to be renewed,
the one within would climb,
like a "Rising Star",
and there would no longer be any limits -
because, like a shooting star in the night sky,
there would be no stopping
the return of the poet.

Happy World Book Day!

Happy World Book Day! Over the last 11 years I have published 13 books – ranging from poetry to the supernatural – and every one was a labor of love, as well as a journey and exploration of what was inspiring me at the time that I wrote them. My poems and my stories are all influenced and infused with elements of me, of my life, of my story, and I hope that those who have read any of my books of poetry or stories have enjoyed what they have read! All my books are available to buy on Amazon. My amazing publisher and long-standing collaborator is Zeloo Media. And without the support of my family and friends I would not have done what I have done, I would not have written what I have written, I would not have published what I have published. It’s been a wild, interesting, and inspiring ride from beginning to end! 😊

Happy National Read a Book Day!

Happy National Read a Book Day! I have personally always been a lover of books and I consider myself so lucky to have had the opportunity to have now 12 books of poetry, short-stories, and novellas published for all the world to read! I hope today people will take the opportunity of National Read A Book Day to check out one of my books on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Waterstones, or any other good online bookstore and take a journey with me via my poetry or via my stories to a place, to a time, of people, of experiences that are personal to me in so many ways. Happy Reading! 😊📖📚

Poet of the Sphere/Mark The Poet: one and the same

"Hi everyone, I'm Mark Hastings...
I'm afraid I'm not someone who plays an instrument or sings;
however what I am, what I love
and what I one day hope to be
is a poet and a dreamer who can move the world with my poetry..."

- "The Poet" by Mark Hastings,
From my book 'Poet of the Sphere',
First published in 2012

This verse of poetry from my poem "The Poet", which is also the description on the back of my first poetry collection 'Poet of the Sphere', describes me when I first started writing poetry, and who I still am and who I still want to be to this day. Granted I may have made some missteps along the way, I may have made some mistakes; but I still hope that I have been a source of hope and inspiration for others and that I will continue to be.

I have published 12 books over the course of the last 10 years - filled with poetry, stories, inspiration, characters, recollections, tales of fantasy mixed with personal experiences - but no matter what I have written everything has within it not just me but those whom I have met throughout my life and ingrained more so than could ever be imagined.

I have always loved sharing experiences with others and occasionally capturing moments of time with others so that others can read and relive those experiences through the lens of my poetic eye. Alot of the poems that I have written have been read by many people, but some have never been read by anyone other than who they were written and intended for - but no matter who reads, or listens to my poem for that matter, I hope that I have left my mark upon the heart of those who have felt something from the touch of my words upon their soul.

All 12 of my books are available to buy on Amazon and a great many of my poems new and old can be read @markthepoet and some can even be heard on Spotify being recited by me on "Mark The Poet - The Podcast" - which is essentially a poetic trip down memory lane in which I recite a poem from one of my books every day.

Happy reading and happy listening!

-Mark 😊

A Poem A Day #250: Author to Author

“Author to Author” by Mark Hastings was taken from Mark’s poetry collection ‘The Eternal Boy’ which was published in 2015 by Zeloo Media. Check out more of Mark’s poetry online @ http://MarkThePoet.Me – all poems © Mark Hastings ● Buy Me a coffee @

TMHE – Episode #55: “Rest in Peace, Anne Rice” (1941-2021) – a tribute

In this episode Mark pays tribute to one of the most prolific authors of gothic fiction, the American author Anne Rice – who it was sadly announced has passed away due to complications following a stroke at the age of 80. Anne was incredibly inspirational to her many readers and fans of her books, most notably her “The Vampire Chronicles” series of novels, and she influenced many other artists and authors in so many ways – including Mark himself. Rest in Peace, Anne Rice – October 4, 1941 – December 11, 2021.