Infinite Sea of Stars
Poetry to open the heart and wake the inner Divine
by Shannon Crossman
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Pub Date 03 Nov 2022 | Archive Date 15 Dec 2022
"the sense of peaceful calm emanating from these pages is undeniable..." — SPR
Every poem is a love letter. And these letters are for you.
For all the times a piece of you was missing, for all the days you didn’t know where you belonged, for each tiny moment when you transformed—and still transform.
Infinite Sea of Stars is an ode to love and human resilience. A map of deep scars and faint laugh lines. Instilling an unwavering sense of hope into those who decide to dive soul-first into this mystical journey in book form.
It is a memoir someone else wrote about you. A diary you didn’t know you kept. The manual you needed but refused to open.
This beautiful collection of free verse poems will pave the reader’s way to self-love, acceptance, and inner growth, moving through the caverns of discontent and the soul’s oldest wounds to arrive at the trailhead of a life filled with deep joy and wonder.
Great for fans of Hafiz, Rumi, Chelan Harkin, and Adyashanti.
""...adds a fresh perspective to the age-old topic of divinity."" -Manik Chaturmutha for Readers' Favorite, ★★★★★
""Deeply powerful words and thoughts."" -Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite, ★★★★★
""...beautiful poems that delve into the wants, needs, and desires of the human heart."" -Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite, ★★★★★
""...an inspiring, spiritually charged collection of poetry. Confident and curious, while never proselytizing, the collection probes into the powers of praise and the infinite beauties that surround us every moment we're alive."" -Self-Publishing Review
Average rating from 14 members
A beautiful collection of inspiring and eye-opening poetry. I didn’t love all of them, but the ones I enjoyed really encouraged me to look inside myself and discover who I really am.
I’m excited to read more from the author in the future.
Good collection. Poetry is so hard to review because it is so immensely personal and what speaks to one may not to another. To me, this felt like the hug I’ve been needing lately - a reminder that we are all magic.
Thanks to NetGalley for a copy of this book. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
I really enjoyed this book of poetry. I liked the context of the "Beloved" that trailed throughout the book and many of the poems. Shannon Crossman has a soft voice in her writing that I think works really well in this instance, and I would definitely be interested in reading more from her.
There is something about this collection of poems. It gives a complete impression of what is in this book. As always, a collection of poems always gets that total feeling and something else. In this book the poems are like a letter or a spoken expression. Thank you to the publishers and NetGalley for allowing me to read this book in order for a review.
Poetry is always a mixed bag. Some I really liked, some not as much. Overall, I liked the direction and message within this book. And I also really appreciated the little entries for the reader from the Universe itself. A bit of a breath of fresh air from the usual broken-hearted poetry you so often see.
I don’t think I’ve come across a collection of poems that left me in awe such as Infinite Sea of Stars. Crossman beautifully weaves nature into each piece in a way that resonates and touches you deeply. I believe poetry lovers who appreciate nature, along with those who are in touch with their spiritual side would very much enjoy this book. Thank you to NetGalley and BooksGoSocial for this eARC in exchange for my honest review.
Infinite Sea of Stars
Poetry to open the heart & wake the inner Divine
By Shannon Crossman
Naked Armadillo Press
I did a lot of research in reading this and before I wrote my review so I had a good grasp on the ideas, because some of the language was new to me. The term “the Beloved” was used a lot, and I found out that it is used in mysticism to mean either a person who is like a soul-mate or becoming one with God.
While this collection is heavy on the spirituality, there is something truly universal to it’s delivery. The imagery, the storytelling, is so artful. Themes like the human experience (and the limitations of that) and finding oneself with acceptance and compassion were described in ways both sensual and simple, deep and absolute.
In deed, I agree with the author that “everything is love.”
Thanks to NetGalley, Shannon Crossman and Naked Armadillo Press for the opportunity to read and review this work.
She honestly has such a way with words, I am a big fan of her metaphors. It isn't too complicated, but a little difficult to understand if you're not used to reading poetry or used to understanding it but overall very beautiful writing, even the simple lines are amazing.
I am fond of the simplicit format, for some of the poems they are in different formats and I feel like the formats fit so well with the poem. Such as a simple poem that is in italics and spaced out or in the center italicized, it just adds something to the poem that I honestly don't know how to describe but I do know that I absolutely love it.
While I didn't resonate with all of the poems, the ones I did connect with were very hard hitting and beautiful. I love poems that use metaphors in such a majestic way and there were lines where I was like "wow wow wow", and they were honestly very inspiring for me that I would like to put those lines on my wall. It was a very beautiful read and it makes me want to write my own poems.
I didn't dislike a single thing, even when I didn't resonate with most poems or when some confused me but I am not very good at understanding poems anyways, so honestly this was a good read because it has such gems that would stick with you and that overpowers any negatives, in my opinion.
These are some of my favorite lines of poetry from her book!
"...the Divine spends her evenings painting entire mountainsides and vast fields of flowers, so, daily you wake to a riot of color…"
"Release the small prisons of anger and shame you've constructed in the very cells of your being. You were not made to cling to such moments of despair…"
"Darling, you don't need permission to shine. That would be like telling the sun, wait until tomorrow"
"Tender green seeds took root in my heart, Beloved. Within days I erupted in rowdy blooms. Now when people look at me all they see are wildflowers."
I am thankful that I decided to give this a read, in truth I only picked this up because it was a poetry book, but it had such amazing, inspiring lines in it that I was glad I read it just to find those gems. I really love the metaphors because it amazed me and made me fall in love with the writing.
I believe this should be read by poetry lovers and of course, believers of the lord which I think would greatly help with connecting with the poems since I am not heavily religious but even if you're like me, you should still give this a read because there are such good lines that are quite inspiring and beautiful even if you don't end up liking everything about this poetry book.
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