My Journey to the Moon – part two

Part One describes how my book “Moon Full of Moons – Poetry of Transformation” came into being.
Part Two describes the book itself!

Book organization:
Moon Full of Moons is divided into nine chapters, each of which is named for a phase of the Moon’s cycle. Each chapter is a point along the journey from a simple happiness through a time of deep sadness to a new, hard-won happiness.

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Each “Nights of” chapter begins with a page of micro-poems about that phase of the Moon, and is followed by full length free verse poems.

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Cycle of the Moon
The book begins with the “Nights of the First Full Moon”. These poems are whimsical and imaginative, and speak of a simple and innocent happiness.

Slowly, the poems sink into sadness. In the middle of the book, we reach the “Nights of the New Moon”, poems as dark as the moonless sky. At some point in our lives, we experience a period of deep sadness. The reasons for sadness vary, but it’s undeniable when we reach our personal New Moon.

We are not left to linger in the darkness! The Moon is a symbol of the cycles and balance of nature. Times of sadness often enable us to feel the true scope of happiness. In the darkness, we can more easily see the sliver of hope, which is the beginning of a new cycle. We can achieve a happiness that has known sadness.

Eventually, we arrive at the Second Full Moon: a happiness that knows acceptance, faith, and healing. In fact, I believe, there are “two kinds of happiness” (quoting a poem of the same name):

‘The First is the familiar ways we die.
The Second is the new ways we find to live.’

A book answers the question of itself
The last poem of the book was somewhat of a surprise to me, for it is the answer of the “question” of the book. I have often said “a half-written poem is a question still answering itself”. I discovered that this is also true for a book, and when a book answers itself, a message of the book unfolds in your lap.

Why is the book called “Moon Full of Moons”?
Just as one Moon contains many phases, we hold the many stories of our journeys as well. Like the Moon, we are always whole, it’s just that perspective can be a bit deceptive. The title ‘Moon Full of Moons’ refers to the complexity of the happiness that many of us achieve after we have experienced loss.

The title contained five Os, which I realized could symbolize a moon growing from darkness to light…a perfect logo for the book! I drew it on a napkin and again drew it on our driveway in sidewalk chalk while playing with the kids. The publisher, Peaceful Daily, had an artist to bring the moons to life and made my logo idea a reality!

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The publisher and I discussed colors for the cover and decided in the end that a simple, black-and-white cover design emphasized the beautiful moons. Still, it wasn’t until I held the first copy of the book in my hands that I realized that the book itself was a half-moon! The cover has a soft, wonderful texture.

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Readers’ responses
The book has been described as self-help written as poetry, and I’ve been told that the book has already helped people through difficult times. These comments have been an unbelievable honor for me and a reason why I wanted so much for the book to be published.

My prayer for the book is that those who will find a nugget of comfort, positivity, and inspiration in the words will find the book. I believe that my prayer is already coming true.

Review comments of Moon Full of Moons

Back cover reviews (click photo to make it larger):

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Reviews from Amazon:

“This book is instantly beautiful with creative ideas…One poem, “The Language of Beauty” is stunningly intimate for a poem. Kat Lehmann must be a dreamy wonderful person to write poems this magical.” – The Rebecca Review (Amazon Vine Voice, Hall of Fame, Top 500 reviewer)

“What a great book! Loved it! So inspirational and peaceful! Self-help in a whole new way! Like none I have read before. I really enjoyed it” – Gina

“Amazing! So inspiring! Take a journey, and venture from darkness into the light. Beautifully done and enchanting.” – Constance

Reviews from Barnes & Noble:

“This poetry is a poignant mirror of life’s joys and sorrows — a beautiful song of nature”

A sincere thanks to all of you for reading my words, for friendship, and encouragement. I am thrilled to finally share my journey to the Moon with you! May we all find our light and shine it proudly!

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