Guest Author Harmony Kent: Sorrowful Soul

Hey, everyone! Happy first day of December. What better way to begin a new month than to have a guest author? Today, I’m delighted to welcome back my friend Harmony Kent. She is a multi-genre author and poet. She’s also a fellow contributor at Story Empire.

She is here today to talk about her newest book of poetry. Take it away, Harmony!

Hi, Joan. 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 of 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 fourth stage is commonly known as Anger and Bargaining.

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

From Part 4: Anger & Bargaining

(Extract From Desperate)

I want to kick

Lash out

Hurt and maim

But all my fury

Only rebounds

On my pummelled

Torn and bloodied fists

Opens septic wounds

Have you ever found yourself trapped within a cycle of anger over an unexpected change or loss? Chat with me in the comments. I hope you enjoyed this poetic excerpt and would love to know what you think. Thanks for reading 😊


About the Book: 

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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About Harmony

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:

59 thoughts on “Guest Author Harmony Kent: Sorrowful Soul

  1. Loved this promo post for Harmony, Joan. Yes, Harmony, I’m living among all 7 stages. Kubler originally wrote those stages for the ailing person given ‘the bad news’. I can vouch as a griever that those stages are only that . . . stages that we revisit many times over and by no means in any set order for the grievers left behind. ❤

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    1. For sure! It never ceases to amaze me how we each visit and cycle in and out of the different stages for so many difficult and varied aspects of our lives. When I first learned of these years ago in nurse training, it struck me how wonderful this formula is for showing us we’re not alone and not ‘abnormal’. And, as you say, it’s also so important to keep in mind it is only a formula. Thanks, Debby! 💕🙂

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  2. After a very sudden loss about sixteen months ago, I can’t say I spent much time in the anger part, but I’m still processing the grief. This is a tough one. Best wishes with the new release, Harmony – thanks for hosting, Joan!

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    1. It is a horrible state, Liz. When my father died, I don’t think I recognized anger in myself. Just questioned why it had to happen. Looking back now, I can see that I was angry. After my initial grief, it took over two years before I shed any tears.

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        1. It wasn’t easy, Liz. I was only 21 when Dad passed away. His death was unexpected. When my grandmother died eighteen months later, I felt bad because I didn’t show emotion (especially when seeing my cousins cry). I convinced myself it was because she was older and her death was expected.

          Two years later, an uncle died from a long battle with cancer. I went to his funeral expecting not to cry. I was glad my mother had plenty of tissues. It’s like the dam finally burst.

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  3. Powerful poem, Harmony. Yes, I stayed way longer than I should have in the phase. I look forward to reading this.

    Thanks for hosting, Joan 🙂

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  4. Oh yeah. Certain losses will make me furious, sometimes at myself, sometimes at the choices of others. It can take a long long time to let them go. I can feel the anger in your poem, Harmony. You captured that feeling well. Congrats on another wonderful tour stop, and thanks, Joan, for hosting! ❤

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