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While sitting on my sofa
Drinking a mimosa
And never wanting it to be over
And that, my friends, is the extent of my poetic prowess.
Nova by Joanne Van Leerdam made me feel stuff. I don’t like feeling stuff. I fought it but I lost. It brings out the emotions of the emotionless.
Look out – she’s pissed. Her anger leaps from the page screaming in my face. My fists are clenched. I’m ready to join the fight and kick some butt.
What you said was
Not what I heard
Next stop – verge of tears. It’s the stop I never get off at. The personal sadness evident in Mothers Day and July 19, 2011 stopped at verge of tears and left me and my heavy heart on the platform.
Hot, hot, hot – is it hot in here or is it Nocturne? Lusty, passionate, seductive.
The emotional roller coaster that is Nova continues with every turn of the page. It’s a beautiful ride through a beautiful mind. This book stabs you in the heart. It cuts deep. A raw release of Joanne Van Leerdam’s – Bleeding Words:
Some wear their hearts on their sleeves
Others, as scars on their skin
Mine is exposed on written pages
That reveal the truths within
She made me feel stuff and for that I am pissed. She made me feel stuff and for that I have lived. They say that books change lives and I have a few life changers on my shelf. On the Road by Jack Kerouac. Howl by Allen Ginsberg. And now Nova by Joanne Van Leerdam.
Yeah right. An Indie on the shelf of legends. You must be joking. No joke people. Joanne Van Leerdam is the real deal and you might want to remember…
NOVA BY DESTINY, NOVA BY NAME
Each unique poem articulates feelings and circumstances with needlepoint precision—not through traditional rhyme, but an economy of well-chosen words strategically falling into place line by line.
For me, the theme of ‘Nova’ pivots from Van Leerdam’s last poem, “Bleeding Words,” where I’ve cited a few:
Some wear their hearts on their sleeves,
Others, as scars on their skin,
Mine is exposed on written pages
That reveal the truths within.
‘Nova’ is a poetry collection you’ll want to reach for when you seek articulation, verification, or optimism as conveyed in “Lesson from a Mountain,” to mention just one more.
Normally poetry can be rather dry and dull. Often times, poems are too long resulting in a loss of interest. Not these poems! The stories in this book are great. I found myself turning the page and hoping for more. Sometimes I was even discouraged to find that the story ended and a new one began. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes light reading that fuels the mind. Pick up a copy and read it every day between meetings, while waiting, et cetera.
You’ll enjoy it.
Many of her poems are conventional in structure, with a regular rhyme scheme, traditional yet so sensitive and vulnerable that they emerge as special, standing out like novae in the vast night sky.
Her poems don’t crash through the door, flourishing their creative uniqueness, but in a quiet voice Van Leerdam almost whispers to us to let her poems come in as she both exposes the emotional pains of life and provides comfort for them; depending on your frame of reference, her poems also could suggest a spiritual dimension. Always touching. I highly recommend them.
I felt Rogue Wave in particular, with the clever word usage in the last line just leaving me giddy when I should probably have been horrified; and Wine Cups, which made me think of classic epic fantasy stories. Firefighter’s imagery left me amazed.
If I have one complaint, it is that the collection bounces around in themes; given how stirring so many of the poems were, it felt to me that the rhythm of emotions were uneven.