#Poetry #Book #Reviews: “Slices of Soul: A Collection of Contemporary Poetry,” by Harmony Kent @harmony_kent

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From the Author

Slices of Soul is a collection of contemporary poetry from author Harmony Kent that will both delight and call for deeper reflection. ‘Phantoms’ gives a gritty account of pain that you can never catch. ‘Enough’ expresses the contentment of Zen. ‘Diamonds’ shows the beauty to be found on a drab and rainy day. While ‘The Alchemist’ shows you how a guitar can turn lead into gold. This wonderful arrangement of fifty poems takes you from the abstract of Zen to the melody of music, and will reach into your mind, your heart, and your soul.

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My Recommendation

I stumbled across this book on another reviewer’s blog. It just goes to show that these book reviews really do count for the author and the reader! I immediately bought the Kindle copy.

What attracted me to this short book of poems was the fact that the author lived in a Zen Buddhist Temple for thirteen years. I follow the Buddhist Theravadin tradition myself, so I knew what I was in for… or so I thought.

What I found was a journey into the soul of a woman. The themes of loneliness, rejection, and solitude resonated throughout the pages. I knew the life lessons she learned as a monk would forever color her writing. Yet, I sensed a great tragedy in her life had brought her to live in a monastery, a rarity for western women. Written as a poetic memoir, Kent slowly reveals the details of her life.

"The Path"

The ten directions all merge into one 
this winding road leads nowhere 
and goes straight there

Kent, Harmony. Slices of Soul: A Collection of Contemporary Poetry (p. 1). Harmony Kent Author Services. Kindle Edition. 

The author divided the book into three sections: Shaved Head, written during her time as a monk in the temple, Short Hair, written as she transitioned back into society, and Long Hair after she adapted to her newfound lifestyle.

Kent’s journey through each stage of her life is incredibly brave. No stranger to personal tragedy, she overcame her limitations with strength, love, and dignity—and it shows in her poetry. Each poem, from beginning to end, is a personal meditation on her path to enlightenment.

About the Author

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 lookout for talent and excellence, and will freely promote any authors or books who she feels have these attributes. Harmony lives in Cornwall, England.

twitter: @harmony_kent

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/HarmonyK

harmonykent@gmx.com

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Colleen M. Chesebro is a Michigan Poet who loves crafting syllabic poetry, flash fiction, and creative fiction and nonfiction. Colleen sponsors a weekly syllabic poetry challenge, called #TankaTuesday, on wordcraftpoetry.com where participants learn how to write traditional and current forms of syllabic poetry. A published author, Colleen is also an editor of “Word Weaving, a Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse, also found on wordcraftpoetry.com. Colleen’s mission is to bring the craft of writing syllabic poetry to anyone who thinks they can’t be a poet. Recently, she created the Double Ennead, a 99-syllable poetry form for the Carrot Ranch literary community at carrotranch.com. Colleen’s poetry has appeared in various anthologies and journals including “Hedgerow-a journal of small poems,” and “Poetry Treasures1 & 2” a collection of poetry from the poet/author guests of Robbie Cheadle on the “Treasuring Poetry” blog series on “Writing to be Read." Colleen published “Word Craft: Prose & Poetry, The Art of Crafting Syllabic Poetry,” which illustrates how to write various syllabic poetry forms used in her Tanka Tuesday challenges; and a collection of poetry, flash fiction, and short stories called, “Fairies, Myths & Magic: A Summer Celebration,” dedicated to the Summer Solstice. She contributed a short story called “The Changeling,” in the “Ghostly Rites Anthology 2020,” published by Plaisted Publishing House. Find Colleen at Word Craft: Prose & Poetry at wordcraftpoetry.com.
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48 Comments

  1. D.L. Finn, Author

    Great review and poetry book! I loved the insightful journey we were taken on.

  2. Thanks so much for your wonderful review, Colleen! I’m doing my happy dance and am so thrilled you enjoyed Slices if Soul so much 💕😁

  3. Nice review, Colleen.

  4. Nice review of Harmony’s work.

  5. Great review, Colleen. Congratulations to Harmony.

  6. Great review, Colleen. You’re right; reviews do make a difference. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  7. Wonderful review, Colleen. I loved Slices of Soul. Congratulations to Harmony! 🙂

  8. What a fabulous review, Colleen. And you are so right about the value of posting reviews. You never know what you might discover through others. Congratulations to Harmony!

  9. Thanks, Colleen. I believe this is on my kindle but I need to check that now. Definitely something I think I’d enjoy. Cheers to you both, lovely ladies. Happy Autumn! 🍃🍂

  10. Harmony, Continued success! 🙂

  11. What a lovely review of Harmony’s book, Colleen. You and I had similar thoughts about this great book.

  12. Lovely review Colleen. This is a beautiful book, with profound poetry. I too found it enlightening. Congratulations to Harmony.

  13. Excellent review, Colleen, and congrats to Harmony! ❤️ Your blog looks nice with the new theme.

  14. I just found your blog. Such great interaction and conversation! Followed!

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