Smorgasbord Book Promotions – Book Review – #Poetry – Sorrowful Soul (Book 3 in the Soul Poetry series) by Harmony Kent

Delighted to share my review of Harmony Kent’s latest release… Sorrowful Soul (Book 3 in the Soul Poetry series)

About the collection

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.

My review for the collection January 28th 2023

The subject of death has been portrayed in fiction and poetry for centuries, and used to instil fear in billions across the religions from pagan times. It is a natural fear of the unknown, and that is something difficult to comprehend and overcome. However, what is very real is the grief that we will all face in this world, when we love and lose those close to us.

Harmony Kent in her previous two collections in this series has demonstrated a wonderful understanding of the human condition. Her own life experiences were at times devastatingly challenging, but reading her poetry you realise how strong her belief in the human spirit remains, and how great her empathy is for others.

This third collection deals with death, and the aftermath for those left behind. She takes us through stages of grief from the shock and disbelief, denial, guilt, anger and the need to bargain with the higher powers, depression, loneliness and reflection, acceptance and moving on with life. Even though the loss has changed you in many ways including your perspective of the future, you need to live in order to honour those who have left us.

Clearly the poems are heartbreaking at times, but they also resonate with any of us who have lost loved ones. Rather than being depressing, it is comforting to know that whilst grief is unique to us as individuals, it also has common triggers, a pattern and a process, and whilst the hole in our lives and hearts may never fully mend, there is hope and we can build a future for ourselves.

I can recommend this collection without reservation. There are many poems that struck a chord for me, and I am sure will do for others, but I am closing this review on one of the final poems that offers hope.


Throw those curtains
Let in the daylight
Banish the dead of night
It’s time to revive

You’ve made it to the other side
Regained your lost sight
Discovered a hidden might
It’s time to revive

Though you tried
To follow your love into the night
Your final promise kept you in the light
It’s time to revive

No more places to hide
It wouldn’t be right
To resist and prolong the fight
It’s time to revive

You’ve made it to the other side
Regained your lost sight
Discovered a hidden might
It’s time to revive

Throw those curtains wide
Let in the daylight
Banish the dead of night
It’s time to revive

©Harmony Kent 2023

Read the reviews and buy the collection Amazon UKAnd: Amazon US

A small selection of other books by Harmony Kent

Read the reviews and buy the books: Amazon UK – And : Amazon US – Follow Harmony:Goodreads – Website:Harmony KentTwitter: @Harmony_Kent

About Harmony Kent

Harmony Kent is an award winning multi-genre author. 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 (Contemporary Poetry)
  • Interludes 1 & Interludes 2 (Erotic Short Stories)
  • Moments (Short Stories and Poetry)
  • Jewel in the Mud (Zen Musings)
  • Backstage (Erotic Romance)
  • FALLOUT (Apocalyptic/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 works hard to promote and protect high standards within the publishing arena. She is always on the look out for talent and excellence, and will freely promote any authors or books who she feels have these attributes. Harmony lives in Cornwall, England.

Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will be leaving with some books.. thanks Sally.

100 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Book Promotions – Book Review – #Poetry – Sorrowful Soul (Book 3 in the Soul Poetry series) by Harmony Kent

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  2. Fantastic review, Sally, and I love the example you shared. I have figured out a plan that I HOPE will let me return to writing (finally!) and have more time for reading, too. (Will let you know if it works!) I have this book awaiting me, and I think poetry and short story collections are going to be helpful, especially at first. I can finish one or two at each sitting and actually make progress on my TBR. Wouldn’t that be amazing?

    Harmony, congratulations on all the wonderful things folks are saying about this collection, and I think you are right: It’s time to REVIVE! Best wishes for huge success with this one, and all your work, past, present, and future! 🤗💖🤗

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  3. I read some of these poems finding them moving and spiritual. Your review, Sally, is so very expansive that the description just flows through your fingers onto the page. Both the book and the review are beautiful examples of the dexterity of the English language.

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  4. What a touching review, Sally. I can tell that you connected with this book. I did too. Harmony did a beautiful job and went deep into the pain of grief, the common thoughts and feelings, and the signs of acceptance and healing. I’m sure that wasn’t an easy write. Congrats to Harmony on the wonderful review. I know she’s thrilled. ❤

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  6. I’m already a fan of Harmony’s poetry and have Sorrowful Soul on my Kindle. This is a beautiful review and I’m going to bump this collection up my TBR mountain. Congratulations, Harmony! xx

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