Blog Book Tour | “Finding Hope in the Darkness of Grief: Spiritual Insights Expressed Through Art, Poetry and Prose” by Diamante Lavendar #poetry collection

Posted Monday, 20 August, 2018 by jorielov , , 3 Comments

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Blog Book Tour | “Finding Hope in the Darkness of Grief: Spiritual Insights Expressed Through Art, Poetry and Prose” by Diamante Lavendar #poetry collectionFinding Hope in the Darkness of Grief
Subtitle: Spiritual Insights Expressed Through Art, Poetry and Prose
by Diamante Lavendar
Source: Publisher via Poetic Book Tours

This earthly plane offers much for us to learn: happiness, wisdom, loss, heartbreak, and enlightenment. It is a Pandora’s box of emotions, situations, opportunities, and failures, all wrapped into a package we call life. Nobody is immune, but everyone has the opportunity to grow tall or wither like a flower in harsh light. It’s completely up to us how we choose to respond.

Finding Hope in the Darkness of Grief is a gleaning of insights from artist Diamante Lavender. For her, life has been a long, difficult road, but it has taught many poignant lessons. Her poetry collection is an exploration of the human soul, a traversing of situations that life throws at us. Diamante has always been intrigued by the ability to overcome and move on to bigger and better things.

She writes to encourage hope and possibility in those who read her stories. If she can help others heal, as she has, then Diamante’s work as an author and artist will have been well spent. She believes that everyone should try to leave a positive mark on the world, to make it a better place for all. Writing is the way that she is attempting to leave her mark—one story at a time.

Genres: Poetry & Drama

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ISBN: 9781982205683

Also by this author: Finding Hope in the Darkness of Grief

Published by Balboa Press

on 16th June, 2018

Format: Paperback Edition

Pages: 74

Published By: Balboa Press (@BalboaPress)

an imprint of Hay House (@hayhouse)

Available Formats: Paperback and Ebook

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About Diamante Lavendar

Finding Hope in the Darkness of Grief by Diamante Lavendar (full cover)

Diamante Lavendar began writing in college and published poetry in anthologies. Most of her writing is personal and stems from her experiences and those of her family and friends. She also creates visual art with colored pencils, acrylic paints, and various mixed media. Diamante is also the author of Breaking the Silence and Poetry and Ponderings: A Journey of Abuse and Healing through Poetry.

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Aesthetically, I loved how the internal pages of this collection were ‘lavender’ as the colour is a calming hue and it befits the name of the poet. As you pause over the ‘Dedication’ you align yourself with the poet and realise how personally convicting the tone and collection will become for both of you. The Foreword is a continuation of the poet’s purpose and of the mindfulness approach she undertook to curate this collection – of thoughts, musings and the artfulness of combining word with art in an evocation of purposeful journalling of one’s reactions out of the dimensions of grief. Her art and her prose are left behind for those encountering their own path of healing – as a footprint left behind to support personal growth and self-renewal through healing with the words she has given towards that particular journey inward.

Each of her poems are paired with a different form of art – from photography to fractals to interpretive artwork, thus adding another layer of interpretation to the reader. The very first entry is ‘Untitled’ – it is evoking an awareness to the reader to continue to see out the Light (both in life and of the world) even if they walk through life with a weariness of fear or the doubtfulness of their internal conscience mind.

‘Understanding the Spirit’ seeks to find meaning and acceptance of the spirituality of our lives, of listening to what is true and of what is humbling honest about walking through life shouldering our adversities and sorrows whilst leaning on our faith. It is a poem which seeks to offer frank advice and a counseling of words pointedly aiming to draw out and comfort the reader.

A second ‘Untitled’ Poem falls suit and this time, it seeks to offer an affirmation – of how the negativeness of certain influences can overwork the mind and the heart; discarding the truth of the spirit and seek to shatter the protective barrier which insulates us from seeking self-doubt and the burdens of a grieving mind which can fall prey to isolation. Continuing in this theme, the second page of thought captialises on the first – offering a humbled seed of truth within the necessity of positive support.

On page 12 is an ‘Untitled’ passage about the transitionary aspect of our lives and how if we allow ourselves to become bogged down and muddled inside the vortex of ‘good vs bad’ – it leads to an assumptive perspective where we never feel truly free of our doubts and fears. A recipe for internal strife which can be stopped if we can be strong enough to recognise the distrustfulness of those repetitive patterns of self-recrimination.

Following this is a truthful statement about the many faces of ‘grief’ and ‘loss’ – how those moments in our lives work towards deepening our awareness of life itself and how despite the arduous nature of those hours, all of them combine to give us a better insight into the cycles of human experience. Hardship is not meant to hinder us or blindside us (though they have the tendency to do that very thing) but rather, they are meant to help us find a way to endure what we still have yet to see coming in our lives – preparations for shouldering more stress or more loss – as we learn through our deepening awareness of the founding principles of ‘what life’ really is about whilst we’re alive to experience it.

“You shone like the sun on Autumn leaves” is a message left behind for a child from their Mum. Of tucking into those fractured hours between life and death; of the hurtfulness of having to find a way forward and a way of ‘letting go’ when your heart and spirit have trouble reconciling that choice. It is a humbled glimpse into the patterns of grief even before grief takes full effect and of understanding the path we must walk through our sorrow. It doesn’t abate nor lessen its grip on us but by turning inward towards grace, the Providence of what we understand is one layer of calm out of the darkness of loss.

Continuing on this line of thought on page 23 is a re-affirmation of how to turn away from the negative thoughts which seek to self-destruct the fragility of our hearts and minds. To turn away from the darkness bubbling through our resolve and to respect the fact our questions and our sense of feeling lost is only a temporary burden. After all, it is about Light and love and the comforting hug both can provide if we remain open to their presence.

A favourite discovery is the poem entitled ‘Life’ – writ with such a simplicity of understanding and the everyday truthfulness we all hope to knit into our lives, this poem fully encompasses the centering we aspire to achieve. Of the cycles and seasons of our human condition and of the realisation we grow through living even during the hours where we’re emotionally taxed and wholly consumed by emotional anguish. All of life has a purpose and a reason – yet seeking those meanings in the height of a grievous loss or an adverse circumstance in our lives is sometimes best to place on hold until a proper distance can be established to see the truthfulness of what can be taking away from those memories.

As you move through the pages, you notice this is a telling story of one woman’s search for truth, acceptance and understanding out of the periods of grief which have altered her heart and spirit. She has become awakened and sought to share this awareness with others if the words she can impart to explain her experience can positively affect another whose moving through the same difficult passageways she has endured herself. Each cluster of poetic insight fuses the heart of her ‘story’ together, adding layers of her spirit bit by bit in an effort to complete the portrait of her life.

It is a unique journey into the mind, heart and spirit of an artist and poet, who has found a strengthening of heart through the assemblage of this collection. For each crucial piece of advice is well founded in the realities we each can relate too but is elevated through the honestly of her words. She has found a way to write about universal truths with a compassionate insight of a woman who has come through her own adversities of loss to share the revelations of what she’s learnt in the process of healing.

These are the kinds of poems you want to pause over – to reconsider their meaning and to let your own memories swept you up into their messages to seek your own voyage of internal peace. When you’ve come through your own walk of loss and have found your own Light of truth, it is in appreciation of the kindness of a poet who can find words which resonate with the journey you individually took yourself to reach similar conclusions of the poetic mind.

Part Motivational guide and part Spiritual expose on the dimensions of a human soul’s search for truth out of the chaos of loss – Finding Hope in the Darkness of Grief is an entreaty into formulating a method of communicating what we’ve learnt during the darker days of our lives and emerging out of them like a butterfly whose left their cocoon for the realisation the time spent isolating through our transition better prepared us for the fullness of understanding the purpose of living. This is a book full of spiritual truths and a waking insight into how even if we approach the harder experiences we all face differently – there are universal truths we can all come to appreciate as being part of our collective experience.

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I am self-educated through local libraries and alternative education opportunities. I am a writer by trade and I cured a ten-year writer’s block by the discovery of Nanowrimo in November 2008. The event changed my life by re-establishing my muse and solidifying my path. Five years later whilst exploring the bookish blogosphere I decided to become a book blogger. I am a champion of wordsmiths who evoke a visceral experience in narrative. I write comprehensive book showcases electing to get into the heart of my reading observations. I dance through genres seeking literary enlightenment and enchantment. Starting in Autumn 2013 I became a blog book tour hostess featuring books and authors. I joined The Classics Club in January 2014 to seek out appreciators of the timeless works of literature whose breadth of scope and voice resonate with us all.

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3 responses to “Blog Book Tour | “Finding Hope in the Darkness of Grief: Spiritual Insights Expressed Through Art, Poetry and Prose” by Diamante Lavendar #poetry collection

  1. Thank you so much for your beautiful review! I appreciate your kindness and hope that your readers will find hope and inspiration within the words of my book. It is a wonderful thing to be able to join hearts with others!

    • Hallo, Hallo Ms Serena!

      Yes, I am as well! I loved pooling my thoughts together on behalf of this poetry collection whilst augmenting my reflections here through the questions I put together for the poet! I can’t wait to see her responses and bring the conversation to my readers! The uplift I felt whilst reading this collection was lovely and it is a collection to draw out a renewing sense of balance and perspective on the themes of its message. Very blessed I could participate on the tour!

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