Robbie’s Inspiration: Book Tour – Sorrowful Soul by Harmony Kent and a review #Poetry #bookreview #Poetrycommunity

Today, I am delighted to welcome poet and writer, Harmony Kent, to Robbie’s Inspiration with her latest book, Sorrowful Soul: Book 3 in the Soul Poetry Series.

Welcome Harmony

Hi, Robbie.

Thanks so much for hosting me today.

It’s always wonderful to visit with you.

Here’s a little bit I’d love to share about my latest book of poetry, Sorrowful Soul.  Full of freestyle poems, which provide company and compassion through the devastating journey of grief and loss and onward, this heartfelt collection shows us we do not travel this lonely road alone.

Since Elizabeth Kubler-Ross’s excellent book on the stages of grief, we now have an established set of seven stages to the grieving process. Although these stages are non-linear and can be revisited at any time, it’s helpful to have a rough idea of what we might expect during this difficult period of transition. The seventh stage is commonly known as Acceptance.

Here’s an extract from the opening lines to a poem about acceptance …

From Part 7: Acceptance

(Extract From Weathering the Storm)

Never tie boats together

Not in a raging storm

They have to remain free

To rock n roll as they will

Too much restraint

Will sink them as surely

As a hole in the hull

Not all vessels

Sail the same seas

Acceptance can be difficult to reach, and we often find ourselves flung out of that state quite abruptly. Have you had experience of this boomerang-like journey? Chat with me in the comments. I hope you enjoyed this poetic excerpt and would love to know what you think. Thanks for reading 😊

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About Sorrowful Soul

If we’re lucky, we meet twilight at the front door and old age creeps in on the night breeze.

Even if we make it to our twilight years, the more we age, the more loss we must endure as part of the cycle of life. Many of these poems lament death, but they also relate to broken relationships, severed friendships, and the loss of youth. This book of grief poetry is as much about saying goodbye and working through loss as it is about death and love split asunder.

This heartfelt collection provides company and compassion through the devastating journey of loss and shows us we do not travel this lonely road alone. Within these pages we share shock, numbness and denial, catapult into anger, bargaining, depression, loneliness, and guilt, and—eventually—make the seismic shift into testing the possibility of a new normal and finding acceptance.

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My review

Sorrowful Soul is an insightful collection of poems relating to loss through death or another means, such as loss of youth or loss of health. As we walk our life paths, none of us will arrive at our own final destinations without being touched by loss of some sort from the deaths of loved ones to the loss of first loves and even empty nest syndrome when our children grow up and leave home. All of these situations results in feelings of loss and uncertainty about our own way forward with life.

The poet has divided this volume into the specific emotions each of us traverses following a significant loss. These are: Shock & Disbelief, Denial, Guilt, Anger & Bargaining, Depression, Loneliness, & Reflection, Working Through, and Acceptance.

The poems are vivid and pull you right into the emotional experience of the writer. If you have experienced loss, they will resonate with you, and even if you haven’t, you will be able to relate to the expression of feeling described in each poem.

A few of my favourite stanzas from three selected poems in this book are as follows:

From Done
“On the counter
The morning sun
Glints on red-stained
Steel carving knife
The calm is over
Now comes the storm
And the leaves fall
As crimson as blood”

From The Waiting Place
“I don’t know where else to wait
So hard to think straight
I’ll not make it through the night
Walk with me into morning light
Hold my empty hand”

From Misstep
“As long as I go on I’m salting the wound
My heart and soul irrevocably marooned
Is there a way out of dishonour’s abyss?
The reaper embraces with his fetid kiss
In this, my darkest hour, I need a friend
A kind soul with a hand to lend”

A beautiful book that will be enjoyed by all lovers of poetry.

About Harmony Kent

Harmony Kent spent 13 years in a Zen Buddhist monastery, where she faced her demons and overcame devastating low self-esteem and found freedom. After a life-changing injury, Harmony returned to the world at the tender age of 40, and her life as a writer began.

Harmony is an award winning multi-genre author, and her publications include:

The Battle for Brisingamen (Fantasy Fiction) AIA approved

The Glade (Mystery/Thriller) AIA Approved/BRAG Medallion Honouree/New Apple Literary Awards Official Selection Honours 2015

Polish Your Prose: Essential Editing Tips for Authors (Writing/Editing) New Apple Literary Awards Top Medallist Honours 2015

Finding Katie (Women’s Fiction)

Slices of Soul (Soul Poetry Series: Book 1)

Life and Soul (Soul Poetry Series: Book 2)

Sorrowful Soul (Soul Poetry Series: Book 3)

Interludes (Erotic Short Stories)

Interludes 2 (Erotic Short Stories)

Moments (Short Stories and Poetry)

Jewel in the Mud (Zen Musings)

Polish Your Prose (How to Self-Edit)

Creative Solutions (Creative Writing Inspiration)

Backstage (Erotic Romance and Thriller)

FALLOUT (Post-Apocalyptic Dystopia) BRAG Medallion Honouree

The Vanished Boy (Psychological Thriller)

As well as being an avid reader and writer, Harmony also offers reviews and supports her fellow authors. Harmony is always on the lookout for talent and excellence, and will freely promote any authors or books who she feels have these attributes.

Harmony’s Website

twitter: @harmony_kent

Goodreads: Harmony Kent

BookBub: Harmony Kent

Story Empire (co-authored blog): Harmony Kent

Harmony’s Amazon Author Page: author.to/HarmonysBooks

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92 thoughts on “Robbie’s Inspiration: Book Tour – Sorrowful Soul by Harmony Kent and a review #Poetry #bookreview #Poetrycommunity

  1. Clearly an important book well featured, Robbie. You may know that my being widowed with a young son when aged 22 set my life’s pattern. I left an insurance office for social work in the days of children’s departments. I think Harmony would approve of the essay I was set as part of my assessment process: ‘The work of a social worker is all about griefwork and mourning. Discuss.’

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    1. Hi Derrick, I do remember your posts about the passing of your wife and the raising of Michael. A life changing event for both of you. My father died when I was three months old and my mom decided to come to South Africa from England as my aunt offered to look after me while she worked. That essay topic makes a lot of sense to me in the context.

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    2. Your loss has had a huge impact on your life for certain, Derrick. Your essay sounds wonderful and important, as well as so incredibly relevant for you at the time. I’m moved deeply that you changed your life so significantly and focussed on helping others. In my early twenties, I changed course too and specialised in child psychiatry. It’s my hope that we have each made a positive impact on at least one young life that will spread ripples into the future. Thanks for sharing and your support 💕🙂

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  2. This post and video touched a chord for me, now experiencing the loss of long-time friends. Harmony, you have the perfect name for publishing in many genres. And Robbie, thanks for the introduction here! 😀

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  3. Sorrowful Soul touched me deeply. Harmony dug deep and brought forth her hidden jewels with this collection. Thank you, Robbie, for this showcase. Hugs to both of you. ❤️

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  4. I wish the lovely Harmony success with her new book. She is a great writer, a fully-engaged blogger, and she does so much to help everyone in the writing community.
    I have shared the post on Twitter, Robbie.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  5. I have to say this book was somewhat hard to read in that it dredged up the raw emotions and pain that I’ve managed to file away. But at the same time, I found a deeper level of healing through these poems. I love your review, Robbie. Thank you for hosting Harmony today, and I send wonderful best wishes for complete success for this beautiful book!

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  6. What a lovely review, Robbie. I like how you picked three stanzas from three different poems. Beautiful poetry and a great recommendation. I look forward to reading this. Congrats on another wonderful tour stop, Harmony. ❤

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  7. How did I miss this post? Well, better late than never, right? 😀

    I admire Harmony so much. She has taken something that is relatable to everyone and brought such comfort to others. I’m really looking forward to reading this wonderful book.

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  8. So nice to see you part of Harmony’s blog tour Robbie. Another wonderful post for this tour. The topic of this book is near to my heart so I know well of what you speak Harmony. I’m excited to have just received my lovely copy of this book and looking forward into diving in. Hugs to both ❤

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  9. I’ve read several wonderful reviews of Harmony’s new book. It will be perfect for so many people, and most people are likely to need at some point. Congratulations to Harmony, and thanks for sharing your review.

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