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“A Poet’s Curse” by Joanne Van Leerdam - IHIBRP 5-Star Book Review

A Dark Yet Powerful Reflection On Loss & Recovery!

“To the people who tried to bring me down and destroy me: How very awful it must be to be you.”

Like a phoenix rising from the ashes of misery and pain, Joanne Van Leerdam presents her latest poetry collection with this phrase in mind, remaining faithful to its theme as she hurls brilliant prose and spits righteous venom toward those bullies, scavengers, and rakes who have chosen the wrongful path to do others harm. Indeed, many of these ruthless villains might have personally brought this poet to her knees on occasion, but the sentiments expressed in these verses clearly show that they failed to seal her defeat. Van Leerdam’s poetry wanders through the darkest despair and loss, until the smallest of hopes and the last shred of self-esteem call out to her, heralding her emergence to the other side where a better sense of Self exists.

Van Leerdam’s words may be a gift, but so is she. For anyone that has suffered great loss... felt abandoned by all... had a relationship go sour... witnessed the worst humankind has to offer... raged until they were spent... wanted for nothing more than an understanding smile... begged for just a little compassion... or craved a savior in time of need, her poetry collection will let loose your rage, speak to your soul and perhaps lead to your own metamorphosis. Van Leerdam’s words can carry you forward toward a future where you can regain control, learn from your mistakes, and stand proud, knowing that you have come through the worst and survived life’s greater storms.

Congratulations to the author on this award-winning story! This novel will be permanently featured on my website at under IHIBRP 5 Star Recommended Reads!

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-----OPTIONAL----- Congratulations to the author on this IHIBRP 5-Star Recommended Read!

Find “Bitter Loss: Fallen Cross Pack: Book Three” on Amazon & Kindle.


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