These poetic creations are the snapshots of Lena Kovadlo's life, and perhaps yours too. As you dive into this book you will not only find pieces of her but also pieces of you. So get ready to transport yourself into a decade worth of emotional poetry that will leave you affected, connected, touched, melted, and craving for more...
More on this book:
This book features emotional poetry that Lena Kovadlo has written from 1999 up to 2007. It is broken up into 7 sections. The first 6 sections contain poetry written from 2004 to 2007, while the last section takes a look back at Lena Kovadlo's early poetic works that she's written from 1999-2003.
Here is the breakdown of these sections:
Nature's Love: contains poetry on nature
Garden of Love: contains poetry on love
Oceans of Tears: contains poetry on heartbreak, isolation, death, and anything else penetrated by sad emotion
Mind Twister: contains poetry that is dark, metaphorical, philosophical, or psychological in nature
Fruits of the Mind: contains poetry on various topics that doesn't fit into the other sections
Rants of the Mind: contains rhymed rants
Back in the Day: contains poetry written from 1999 up to 2003.
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Reviews for Pieces of Me:
Review by Susan Joyner-Stumpf - poet/novelist/author
"I have read Pieces of Me and it has left an indelible mark on me....definitely has taken pieces of me, as well, into its fold. Lena Kovadlo really knows how to draw the reader in to her emotional roller coaster ride, everything from wonder of nature to a broken heart, and all that lies in-between. Lena will inspire you to write straight from the heart, for that is the origination point of where she begins her magical words. I highly recommend this book of Poetry to those who are writers themselves or lovers of words that capture the Soul ~ her words will take pieces from you and make you a better person."
Review by Regis Auffray - October 2010
In this collection of poems, Ms. Kovadlo shares of her self. As I read her verses, I find myself relating to so much of what she expresses about life and love and all that these entail. I find that "Pieces of Me" are indeed pieces of my own experience in many ways. Ms. Kovadlo's poems are a way of getting to know her but also an insight into one's own "self" as one relates to what she shares. "Pieces of Me" is a meaningful and enjoyable reading experience.
Priceless Princess Poetry by James L. Finley - February 8, 2009
Sitting in the Cathedral of Life and gazing into a beautiful stained glass window, wonderful stories unfold with vivid and colorful pictures. “Pieces of Me”, is my cathedral and Lena Kovadlo is the artist that creates beautiful stories in glass. With the eye of an artist, the songs of a lyricist and the heart of a poet, pieces of glass form a whole. As I am drawn into the cathedral to walk the halls and read the stories in glass, I am drawn into “Pieces of Me”, to walk the halls of its pages.
“Pieces of Me”, is pieces of her; held up to a mirror it is pieces of you. Life’s stories unfold with beauty, mystery, and adventure. Within the intrigue of its pages, you are captured and whirled into a breathtaking journey of poetic wit. We take a romp through nature full of delights big and small, happy and sad with the feeling of sweet raindrops touching the skin on a hot day. Our romp through nature relaxes and opens our minds in preparation for the valleys and peaks of love. Poems to warm your heart and for some, poems that will drain your eyes are delivered by the loved and loving. As I am a man of passion and dreams, I will confess with small tears in my eyes, this is my favorite room in the cathedral. With hanky in hand, Lena enters our minds with “Mind Twister”, a section well named. Moreover, as a reminder that she is not quite done with our hearts, she opens the section with a heartbreaking poem aptly named “Torture”. Much more than love fills the philosophical, metaphor rich dark section that reaches into the corners of our minds. Then with the mercy of an enchanted good fairy, we get a breather and a closer look into the author’s mind. “Fruits of the Mind”, is a colorful tapestry in stained glass, a powerfully thoughtful section. If you have a lustful mind and appreciate a beautiful woman bare, “Rants of the Mind”, is your section. In a twist on published art we see Lena raw. Unedited, flaring and flowing pieces of her mind, Lena is a woman not afraid to say what she is thinking. In the closing section, "Back in the Day", we get to reminisce over our journey while Lena does the same. Here we get the unique opportunity in flashbacks to see how a master poet breathes the first breaths of life.
“Pieces of Me”, is universal, it contains much for all; it is impossible to consider a library of great volumes complete that does not contain a copy of Lena Kovadlo’s, “Pieces of Me”.
Just that amazing... by Allie Batt - November 7, 2007
Sometimes, the most dramatic and most influential item to say when encountering a gem like this, is the blunt and honest truth. You can dance around the subject or come right out and say it, and there is no reason why we should have to suffer through the agony of reading a review, or book for that matter, that prances and pretends. It's a devious way of not getting yourself hurt. Well, I have no fear of prancing, and I have no fear of getting hurt, because in all truth, Lena's book has not only saved my life countless times, but it has allowed me for a better existence. Her passion, her strength, her very core is etched across the pages of this book, and for no reason, should that be glazed over. It is the blunt truth when I say that this is a masterpiece. A beautiful scene and show for the world to see. She places herself out there, for the entire world to see. Exposing herself... her very essence to those that might find it, unimaginably speaking, raw. But that is where the grace comes from. It's pure, unsoiled by processing, and empowered by actual events. She is the gem in which we've been waited for. The next beautiful soul to aid us in our journey through life. It's happened through countless other, renowned artists, and you are sure to find that same emotional depth in this work of art. It is a beauty, and if you have any half a mind, any who read this, you should buy this book. You won't forget it.
A Must For Any Emotional Poetry Readers - by Penguin - April 26, 2009
Lena has a wonderful way with emotion. The poems are are emotional and beautifully written. You will probably find yourself relating to the content of the poems as well. This is a must have for any poetry reader, especially if you like emotional poetry.
Truly Inspiring - by PassionateAustenite - May 29, 2009
The writings in this poetry book will bring you into a mental state of complete comfort. This book as a companion is like being in your favorite part of your childhood home with the familair smells of something scrumptious baking wafting in from the kitchen. It is truly unique, mostly because it seems very honest work.
Pieces Of Me, the first book of poetry by Lena Kovadlo, contains 178 poems organized in seven sections - Nature’s Love, Garden Of Love, Ocean Of Tears, Mind Twister, Fruits Of The Mind, Rants Of The Mind and Back In The Day.
The book begins with Nature’s Love where I quickly fell in love with the poem Crying Out - a poem that embraces nature for all it is and at the same time recognizes that nature’s true love can only be found in God. Leaving nature behind, Kovadlo continues to impress with the highly romantic You’re In My Thoughts In The Night.
I lie there in my bed
Beneath the cool covers
Looking up at the stars
Hanging above me in my room
And at that moment
As my eyes begin to close
And I drift into the land of dreams
My thoughts drift to you
I picture you there in your room
Lying still without the covers
Staring at the dark ceiling
Thinking of me beside you
And that warms me all over
Envelops me in your sweet embrace
And brings me closer to you
Making my dreams magical and unforgettable
But Pieces Of Me is not a poetry book that only consists of these two themes. There are also truths found in her poetry. For example her poem Shadow is a blunt pronunciation of loneliness.
I am but a shadow
Invisible to the passing eye
Of those who know me
Those who lay eyes on me
But to a wandering stranger
I am an actual being
Roaming this universe
I am a living, breathing creature
In need of attention
In need of comfort
In need of support
In need of everything
That my people never give
Another poem, I Am A Closet, is full of raw imagery and deals with one struggling to find their way back into the light.
In an old creepy house
In a corner of an empty room
There I stand
Reeking of filth and mold
With wide open doors
And broken handles
With faded paint
And splintered shelves
With a dusty ripped book
And a pair of worn out shoes
Sagging to the bottom
I am on the verge of collapsing
Being ruined forever
And there is nothing
And no one
That will be able
To bring me back to life
Kovadlo’s poems are introspective, reflective and deeply emotional and a must read. Pieces Of Me will make you fall in love with poetry all over again.
This is a Must Have Item - by Woolicane - January 22, 2008
The subject line for this review says all that you need to know. This is a Must Have item. The book contains pieces that will make you laugh and pieces that will make you cry. There is something for everyone in this book, there is not a heart that it cannot touch, and in fifty years time when they are teaching these pieces in schools right round the world you can know that you were right here at the start of her published career. If I were in your position and reading this, trying to make up my mind whether I should buy this item I'd stop umming and ahing and buy it. I will be the best purchase you make this year, I know it was the best thing I bought last year. Buy it now.