Scott Hastie- the new face in Agnishatdal.

Scott Hastie

Scott Hastie is a full-time Scottish born writer, based in the UK – he lives and works in tranquil surroundings in the English countryside, some twenty miles north of London.

Primarily a poet, Scott also has had one novel – ‘Reunion’ published, as well as several lavishly illustrated local history books. Ten of his books remain in print today – principally his two early signature volumes of poetry: ‘Selected Poetry’ & ‘New Poetry’, first published in the 1990’s – together with showcases for newer equally distinctive work, such as the beautiful and soulful ‘Meditations’ first published in the Autumn of 2013.

Scott’s current poetry is very much a positive and sparkling affirmation of human potential, with a growing emphasis on spiritual awareness. Given the impact of this more recent output and its fast growing cross-cultural popularity around the world, a much more definitive and comprehensive hardback collection of all his latest work entitled ‘Angel Voices’ was soon brought forward for publication by Centuria in September 2014.

More recently, his recent poetic output has been re-edited and consolidated into the spiritually themed landmark collection ‘Threads’. This, with doubt, the definitive collection to date… Already widely translated and released to international acclaim in 2016. Following his recent success and growing worldwide exposure for his work, his only novel to date ‘Reunion’ was released as an e book in the Spring of 2018.

For well over a decade now, the writing of Scott Hastie has attracted international attention and has been widely translated. A new collection ‘Pranic Poetry’ Scott’s first for nearly four years, was finally published in March 2020.

Seemingly always destined to be released at the very beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic, it really struck a chord with readers all around the world. Hence the accelerated release of his first fully retrospective collection ‘Timeless: the best of Scott Hastie’s poetry 1990-2020’ and it’s companion volume Splinters of Light: ‘quotations from the poetry of Scott Hastie.’

The planned publication of both these titles soon being advanced by six months, into the Autumn of the same year, to help satisfy the ever accelerating international demand for his work.

“It is at times like these that we need the fairest glimpses of hope, rejuvenation and a deeper understanding of the potential to realize our very best – especially in the face of such on-going adversity. Perhaps this is why Scott Hastie’s poetry achieves such an impact and is so well received around the world.

Fortunately, it is already very easy to dip into Scott’s poetry at his highly visual and popular new web site at https://scotthastie.com which freely displays samples of both his already published and latest unpublished work. As a writer, Scott is very open and likes to encourage maximum participation and feedback from his readers. His web site offers the chance to post comments, both on individual pieces or more generally, if you wish… And also encourages dialogue about writing. Scott offers mentoring services to other creative writers/students around the world. He is passionate about visiting and learning from other cultures and his web site also features many fascinating photos from his extensive travels around the world.

Author’s words:

I regard the over-arching theme of my work to be a personal investigation into the positive potential of the human spirit. This I think is clearly evident, running through most of my poems. Not that I believe my work can ever be said to be some sweet pastoral panacea, because it never shies away from pain or suffering – and is prepared to also explore the darkness, as well as the light and, crucially, the fundamental significance of their inter reaction. This being, to me, the absolute axis (the truly dynamic and crucial interdependence of the light and dark, of joy and sorrow, of love and loss, in the grand Romantic tradition) and that key notion of duality which I hope still lies solidly at the heart of my work and my approach.
I remain determined always to be challenging enough to try and reach deep into the core of the meaning of the human experience – although I do readily accept that, as my work has developed, then my voice has also become more reflective and spiritual in its emphasis.

I have always aimed, at any time in my career, to be as simply expressed and as readily accessible as possible – For me, this is a vital component of all my work to date. And it is here that you can also hopefully see how simple often short line length structures also play their part – though still carefully shaped for emphasis, controlled rhythm and musicality that lifts key passages, enhances meaning and always looks to carefully and lyrically draw the reader towards the concluding climax of any piece. The success of which for me is always a critical consideration and the key litmus test of success of any particular poem. Hope you enjoy my work.

Black day for India!

30th September 2020 was a black day for India in my eyes. For two ghoulish reasons-

one, a nineteen year old girl working with her mother in field [most probably in broad daylight] was abducted by four MFBs and was violated and tortured with the ghoulishness that only human beings can inflict on others, we will wait and see if these four so called high-caste MFBs will get their dues as quickly as those four bus helpers and their friends got in notorious Delhi case. Because these MFBs too tortured that child with the same ghoulishness with which the Delhi girl was, the step that everybody’s favorite U.P. police did was beyond words! They burned the girl’s body without allowing her family to be there.

Second is after all the bloodbath and destruction caused by post-babri mosque demolition the same UP government has given clean chit to those who have been caught in the act by TV camera.

One truly wonders if our current government is being paid by someone to absolutely destroy the law and order of this country and prove to the entire world that this country is being run by thugs and ruffians and those who obey the masters will get away with every thing! Including rape, rioting, murder and embezzling lot of public money!

When they came for the darkies, I didn’t say anything
for I was not a darkie.
When they came for the low castes, I didn’t say anything
for I was not a low caste
When they came for the maimed, I didn’t say anything
for I was not maimed
When they came for the women, I didn’t say anything
for I was not a woman
When they came for the minors, I didn’t say anything
for I was not a minor
When they came for the weak, I didn’t say anything
for I was not weak
When they came for me, no one said anything
for there was no one left to speak!

A POEM FROM NAZI ERA

DEDICATED TO ALL THOSE WHO SUPPORT EVIL THINKING IT WILL SPARE THEM!!!!

Agnijaat Magh 1427, January 2021

Agnijaat Magh 1427, January 2021
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SBPnB December 2020

SBPnB December 2020
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SBPnB is sharing bunch of haiku this month. Hope you will enjoy them. 

Share your views, your tips and if you want me to add something in it, exclude something from it… feel free to tell me!

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Happy Reading!
Sharmishtha Basu
17.12.20

Coming Kingdom December 2020

Coming Kingdom December 2020
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Upcoming Kingdom is sharing bunch of haiku this month. Hope you will enjoy them. 

Share your views, your tips and if you want me to add something in it, exclude something from it… feel free to tell me!

You have all the details in the final few pages! You know the drill about copyrights, these are my works, copyrighted so if you want to share them in your blog or site please ask me, and send me a link after you have shared it so I can use that for my promotional ventures.

Happy Reading!
Sharmishtha Basu
17.12.20

Agnishatdal Poush 1427, December 2020

Agnishatdal Poush 1427, December 2020
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Authors of Agnishatdal

Agnishatdal is an English monthly Ezine blessed with selfless affection of its creative group, these selfless authors, artists have shared their wonderful creation for free and no matter how much I try to thank them for this gift, it will be nothing! Here they are (No order please, just the names as they appeared in mind) :

Brieuc Martin Onraet https://equinoxio21.wordpress.com
Dominic Collucci: http://zen-inspirations.blogspot.com/
Raghunandan Kuppuswamy https://ksriranga.wordpress.com
Troy David Loy http://troythulu.net
Pat Ritter http://www.patritter.com.au
Brendan https://paddypiccasso.wordpress.com
Labanya
Citizen Null
Saptarchi
Bitter Pill
and
Sharmishtha Basu
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Friday Journals 22.1.21

have a great day full of joy and laughter!
lots of Love.

Sharmishtha Basu

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Agnimalya December 2020

Agnimalya December 2020
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About the book

Hope you are enjoying the stories, do let me know if you want something in particular. I will try!

This month Agnimalya contains a bunch of stories of Greek mythology collected from internet and retouched, hope you will enjoy them.

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Happy Reading!

With best regards and wishes.
Sharmishtha Basu
17.12.20
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