Self-Torture for Dummies – Debut Poetry Collection

It’s true I’m what you might call a ‘passionate’ person. I’m inclined to get into all kinds of passions.

Passion isn’t just about love and lust; it’s about the temperature of your emotions.  The closer to the heat of 1 kelvin that you get, the more passionate you are.

Passion can take the form of righteous anger for the underdog, whether that dog is millions of unfortunate seabirds caught up in a flotsam of human waste or the victim of an abusive relationship. It can shift into a rush of adrenalin when you put two pieces of knowledge together and make a whole fact make sense.

And the passion that comes with love, whether returned or unrequited; the hotter that gets, the more pain – or joy – it causes.

Passion is a deluge of fire, a celestial high, a ride on a broomstick through a starry, crisp, cold night. It’s the nauseated belly when everything’s gone wrong, the loss of willpower when the end seems nigh, and the superhuman strength just when you need it.

Passion is why I write poetry.

So over time, I plan to give you some of my poetry as it comes to me. Right here on this blog. In the meantime, I will publish my debut collection, Self-Torture for Dummies, in ebook (to begin with – paperback to follow) on 1st February, 2015.

Self-Torture for Dummies

Self-Torture for Dummies tells of a love affair beyond passion, which should have been easy to bring together, but the two lovers are torn from each other by ‘his’ wife, who claims to be a powerful sorceress.

Might sound a bit 16th century, but it’s definitely a 21st century piece with social media mentions, emailed love letters, and a very modern attitude to love and communication.

Raw passion, terrible despondancy, and love unrequited for reasons outside the lovers’ control? Or pure joy, adoration, and squeeeee?! Whatever you’re looking for, I hope you find it in Self-Torture for Dummies.

It philosophises about the reasons why things don’t work out, takes you through the depths of fear and panic about being alone and being attacked, but you get the highs as well as the lows; no point in being unduly negative! It’s love poetry, after all.


I also hope you love the artwork that comes in the form of title pages for each poem. It’s maybe 20 years since I picked up a pen and drew something, so I’m pretty pleased at the effects. Here’s one to whet your appetite:

What He Said

Let me know what you think if you like! I can take it!

Maggie Moon

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