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Book Review for Moon Petals:

Subterranean Blue Poetry

Volume VI Issue V





Moon Petals: in the beginning, the dance with the universal sky



Byline: Subterranean Blue Poetry

Title of Book: Moon Petals

Author: Jessica Ginting

Publisher: PT Torako

Date of Publication: 2017

Pages: 88


“She can't tell me that all of the love songs have been written,
'Cause she's never been in love with you before.”
- from Sandalwood by Lisa Loeb


Moon Petals is the exciting New Age work of emerging poet Jessica Ginting. Jessica Ginting is from Jakarta, Indonesia, studying English at the University of Bristol. She has been published by Anak Sastra, a Southeast Asian literary journal and by publications at the University of Bristol. She is also one of the founders of Inkling: A Bristol Literary and Creative Arts magazine.

This poetry is elaborate with full-bodied descriptive lines of everyday landscape that centers on Indonesian forest imagery, imagery of the city, love poetry, Haiku and the everyday landscape celebrated. The poetry is round, in square spaces, in the beautiful esprit of the childlike feminine. The connected narrative weaves in and out of the first and third person, introducing a wholeness that is perhaps illusory. However, as an emerging writer her style will morph and develop as she keeps writing.

“Decomposition” and “Nature is a Masochistic Botanist” are poems of broken love relationship that paint a beautiful Asian sensibility illustrated by nature imagery and a certain sacred in the profound.

From “Nature is a Masochistic Botanist”

“I brought flowers today – a handful of hibiscuses.
You wanted the color without the thorns, the red without the blood.
I’m sorry I couldn’t find roses. I’m sorry for dropping them on your shoes.
Would you like to kick them off? Would you like to forget?”

From “Decomposition”

“Every form of skeleton breaks down. Mozart’s symphony unwinds itself
And the strings of my violin twist into something new.

Words are no longer trapped in letters.
Meanings, no longer trapped in words.

I am no longer confined.
Settled into soil and dust, I am everywhere around you.”

A talent in it’s beginning dance with the universal sky, poetry like cake, shows great promise. I am looking for more from this writer, Moon Petals by Jessica Ginting.





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