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Reviewed by Miche Arendse for Readers' Favorite
Poems of Glass by Kathleen Janz-Anderson is a collection of poems touching on the loss of a child spanning thirty-five years. The journey through loss, grief, and letting go is challenging, but through poetry, a mother finds peace of mind again. Poems of Glass is a beautifully tragic collection that recounts the thoughts and emotions of a mother who is bereft. Starting with days going into weeks and then months and years, we see the progression of Janz-Anderson's feelings and their impact on her life.
Each poem is heartfelt and raw, with words from a mother's pained and bleeding heart. I found Poems of Glass to be moving, and it made me think that it indeed must be one of the greatest tragedies for a mother to witness the death of their child. However, these poems also show the resilience and strength of a human, a woman and a mother. The ability to face hardship and keep moving despite the sadness, the exhaustion, and the desire to give up. These poems have become some of my favorites. I find them so moving, and despite the sad nature of it all, I find them beautiful. Kathleen Janz-Anderson did an excellent job; anyone with a similar experience will find great comfort in it.