Divided into part I (the darkness) and part II (the light), "moonchild" is Laura Muensterer's long-awaited second book of poetry, covering themes ranging from spirituality to self-love. Within its pages, "moonchild" invites you on a journey to wholeness, where the darkness is revealed so your light is finally able to shine. In moonchild, Muensterer aims to connect people from all walks of life with universal truths that bind us together and make us uniquely human.
With each poem, Muensterer reminds us that healing is within reach, we simply must confront the darkness to discover the light that lies within us. Above all us, "moonchild" reminds you of your infinite potential so you regain control of your life and recognize the amazing power that lies within you.
Muensterer's second poetry collection, moonchild, is perfect for those who enjoy the pithy poetry of Amanda Lovelace or the work of Rupi Kaur centred on the self and growth. Through two parts, Muensterer seeks to identify the darkness but welcome in the light; her words encourage the reader to usher in the same.
Poems such as 'anything is possible', 'curiosity' and 'wanderlust' evoke an inner freedom; the opportunity to welcome change rather than fear it.
"dilating my pupils
with my wildest dreams
filling my lungs with
oxygen so smooth
i feel like i have been
- anything is possible
Muensterer does not deny the existence of sadness and depression either:
"i make the bed
do the laundry
wash the dishes
for my moment
to feel something beyond
Thus, her work is incredibly relatable and at times her words hint at a talent which I unfortunately felt did not flourish in moonchild. This is because for me moonchild lacked the originality needed in an era of instant gratification and the boom in the publication of poetry. moonchild closely resembles several recent poetry releases with its focus on 'the dark' and 'the light' and the use of short form/statement-like poetry rather than longer form explorations of the complexities of human nature. In short, I felt as if I had read moonchild before; it does not feel original and nor does it differentiate itself from its contemporaries.
This said, what Muensterer seeks to achieve with her work means her words of truth, comfort and hope, will no doubt find readers in need of this. Muensterer writes from a place of honesty, so even if for me her work lacks sophistication, it does not the lack the healing many will find and enjoy in moonchild.
"the wind carries me
through new seasons
I am an English teacher and a writer. I published my first poetry collection, Between the Trees, in May 2019. I read widely and avidly and review through Reedsy Discovery, Amazon Vine and individual review requests. All reviews are published on Amazon, Goodreads and my blog - My Screaming Twenties.