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This is the author’s second poetry book following Dreams Like Mine. A Work in Progress is an insightful collection of poetry delving deep into an array of human emotions. The author writes with an intensely personal, honest, and genuine approach weaving her own experience with grief, trauma, and depression. While the poems are intense and dark at times, they often relay me This is the author’s second poetry book following Dreams Like Mine. A Work in Progress is an insightful collection of poetry delving deep into an array of human emotions. The author writes with an intensely personal, honest, and genuine approach weaving her own experience with grief, trauma, and depression. While the poems are intense and dark at times, they often relay messages of hope and strength in the face of life's obstacles. Her poems speak to anyone who has faced significant life challenges, ultimately lifting their spirits and inspiring positive change and healing.


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This is the author’s second poetry book following Dreams Like Mine. A Work in Progress is an insightful collection of poetry delving deep into an array of human emotions. The author writes with an intensely personal, honest, and genuine approach weaving her own experience with grief, trauma, and depression. While the poems are intense and dark at times, they often relay me This is the author’s second poetry book following Dreams Like Mine. A Work in Progress is an insightful collection of poetry delving deep into an array of human emotions. The author writes with an intensely personal, honest, and genuine approach weaving her own experience with grief, trauma, and depression. While the poems are intense and dark at times, they often relay messages of hope and strength in the face of life's obstacles. Her poems speak to anyone who has faced significant life challenges, ultimately lifting their spirits and inspiring positive change and healing.

30 review for A Work in Progress: A Collection of Poetry

  1. 3 out of 5

    Alex Prosper

    These poems reach out from the page to connect with the lonely, the misfits, the struggling and the lost. Grounded with a lyrically-articulated compassion, the author bares all and shares all to create a volume full of meaning and solace. Through varying techniques and styles, the author gracefully uses language, rhythm, repetition and rhyme to give form to feeling and shape to emotions. Individually the poems tell stories that feel both personal and universal. I often found the poems reminded m These poems reach out from the page to connect with the lonely, the misfits, the struggling and the lost. Grounded with a lyrically-articulated compassion, the author bares all and shares all to create a volume full of meaning and solace. Through varying techniques and styles, the author gracefully uses language, rhythm, repetition and rhyme to give form to feeling and shape to emotions. Individually the poems tell stories that feel both personal and universal. I often found the poems reminded me of someone who might relate and to whom I should send the poem because it sums up so eloquently those hard-to-define feelings of deep love, regret, longing for second chances, confusion, or particular life or emotional struggles. The title describes a self-acceptance credo and a call-to-action for understanding that threads throughout, as well as serving as the title of the last poem. The last two poems in the volume work as a powerful pair, with "A Work in Progress" answering the cries of "Broken Girl." These two are diamonds to be shared widely. Another poem that deeply connected with me is "The Journey." Several of the works in this volume explore duality and are a reminder that as with nature, people can contain many seasons. A Work in Progress is a tender and provocative work that would be a lovely gift for someone who needs affirmation and connection, and a lovely gift for yourself.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lcdk

    A Work In Progress is full of very impressive poetry that is expressed through a captivating and vivid writing style. I especially admire this book because, from start to finish, it has a very genuine feel to it and I can tell that the author has really put her entire being and all of her energy behind the book. I definitely feel that I can relate to most of the poems and I like how each one emphasizes different emotions and feelings all in an uplifting and positive manner. Definitely worth the A Work In Progress is full of very impressive poetry that is expressed through a captivating and vivid writing style. I especially admire this book because, from start to finish, it has a very genuine feel to it and I can tell that the author has really put her entire being and all of her energy behind the book. I definitely feel that I can relate to most of the poems and I like how each one emphasizes different emotions and feelings all in an uplifting and positive manner. Definitely worth the read if you're any kind of poetry fan

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jaime

    Abbott's ensemble of poems is thought-provoking and may be beneficial to one's mental health. Her honestly flows easily and puts readers at ease with a comforting tone. This collection which focuses on loss and depression is touching and many will find her talent to be unique because the author's voice is so strong and vivid, yet easy to decipher. A fantastic follow up to her prior work, Dreams Like Mine.

  4. 3 out of 5

    Annie

    This is very similar to the author's previous poetry book, Dreams Like Mine. The rhyme and rhythm are often intoxicatingly smooth and the lyrics enchanting. The topic matters seem to dig even deeper into the heart of significant social issues as illustrated in "Man on the Edge". It taps into our human feelings of fear, shame, and isolation but as is the case in all of this author's books I have read so far she has underlying tone of positivity - as if she knows change can and will come about in This is very similar to the author's previous poetry book, Dreams Like Mine. The rhyme and rhythm are often intoxicatingly smooth and the lyrics enchanting. The topic matters seem to dig even deeper into the heart of significant social issues as illustrated in "Man on the Edge". It taps into our human feelings of fear, shame, and isolation but as is the case in all of this author's books I have read so far she has underlying tone of positivity - as if she knows change can and will come about in a positive direction if we as humans take the necessary course of actions.

  5. 3 out of 5

    Emily H. Sturgill

    In " A work in Progress: a collection of Poetry." Dr. Leesa Abbott covers a wide spectrum of topics through her beautiful poetry. The poetry itself is very traditional in that it follows a certain rhyming pattern.Yet, her subject matter is very unique and broad in its depths. Some of the themes discussed highlight; Nature, self-esteem,self-awareness and personal expression. In "A work in progress."Dr. Abbott further explores issues concerning stigma and mental health. This is particularly true wi In " A work in Progress: a collection of Poetry." Dr. Leesa Abbott covers a wide spectrum of topics through her beautiful poetry. The poetry itself is very traditional in that it follows a certain rhyming pattern.Yet, her subject matter is very unique and broad in its depths. Some of the themes discussed highlight; Nature, self-esteem,self-awareness and personal expression. In "A work in progress."Dr. Abbott further explores issues concerning stigma and mental health. This is particularly true with the poems, "Man on the Edge.","The Outsider", and "Misfit." My favorite poems are, "Sleeping souls." "Making Fate.' and "The Journey." This is her second book of poetry. I think the topics she covers are universal to some degree and that many readers may gain insight from reading this collection. I believe it is worth five stars.

  6. 3 out of 5

    Michelle

    "A Work In Progress": is the second poetry anthology by Goodreads author Dr. Leesa Abbott PhD. The colorful energizing cover art of a woman standing at the ocean shoreline suggests liberation and freedom, and is dedicated to Dr. Abbott's mother. The first poem: "Reflections" is supportive of this positive opening theme. The imperfection of the human condition: "The Lost One", and fear of being alone and loosing a loved one are portrayed in nature and the elements: "Earthquakes, Storms, and Hurric "A Work In Progress": is the second poetry anthology by Goodreads author Dr. Leesa Abbott PhD. The colorful energizing cover art of a woman standing at the ocean shoreline suggests liberation and freedom, and is dedicated to Dr. Abbott's mother. The first poem: "Reflections" is supportive of this positive opening theme. The imperfection of the human condition: "The Lost One", and fear of being alone and loosing a loved one are portrayed in nature and the elements: "Earthquakes, Storms, and Hurricanes" also: "Chances and Stances". Keeping life together, working towards maintaining sanity and emotional stability: "But I grew resilient and strong/ Though some waits I must admit are long/ And I learned an important lesson/ Help others so their pain will lessen." These poems are illustrative of the goal towards health and wellness: "Lost and Found", "Falling Sighs and Vases", the need to belong and be good enough: "Misfit". The story prose of "Man on the Edge" is the longest highly disturbing poem featured. First, this clarifies a sobering look at overall societal unawareness/indifference: unless a family is affected by mental illness directly, a story like this receives little or no notice in the news media. Consequently, this story reoccurs continuously in Anytown, USA on a daily basis. Our police departments lack resources, training, and skills to deal with the influx of mentally ill citizens; too often, with the tragic outcome outlined in this heartbreaking poem. Public policy must strive to protect and insure the safety of our most vulnerable population. The vast fortune the pharmaceutical industry has spent to promote medications to treat depressive disorders has made "depression" a household word and common knowledge. Combined with depressive lows, Dr. Abbott further clarifies and articulately illustrates the multi-faceted artistic creativity that define manic depression/bipolar spectrum disorder in her poetry. The poems: "Sleeping Souls", "The Journey": "My tears dried and I had sudden insight/ Like snow falling off a roof and landing on my head." Also, "Peace and Desist", and the lyrical expression of a mixed mood state, combined with the illustrative form of natural elements: "One with Nature". The inspiration of city life and urban sprawl: "The Forgotten and Unwanted" also: "Outsider". The closing two part poem in the form of a letter: "To Whom It May Concern". This reveals the darkest of emotions, impaired reasoning and thought process; which is compared to a spiritual attack by demonic forces. A castle/fortress is added as a symbolic refuge of hope and peace. The first letter is signed by "Broken Girl" and the second: "A Work In Progress" which suggests the writer is moving closer towards healing and wellness. Dr. Leesa Abbott PhD specializes in mental health education/wellness and advocacy for the disabled and mentally ill. As a member of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) she was a contributor and facilitator for the "Artistic Expression 2014" Racine, WI. This Expo featured the artwork, photography, writing, poetry, and music of people with mental illness and disabilities. Remembering: Robin Williams ~ July 21, 1951 - August 11, 2014 ~ RIP ~ Mike Brown ~ August 09, 2014 ~ Ferguson, MO. ~ RIP ~

  7. 4 out of 5

    Floater

    i've been following this author. i have come to know her through organizations in the area. i have loved and appreciated all of her book.s this one is a very meaningful follow upt to Dreams Like mine. she digs deep to look at important social issues, meaning, the value of life, and looking forward to positive changes in the future. i really enjoyed reading it. hoping for more to come from her. these are a wonderful addition to the literature out there it is especially lovely in it's interweaving i've been following this author. i have come to know her through organizations in the area. i have loved and appreciated all of her book.s this one is a very meaningful follow upt to Dreams Like mine. she digs deep to look at important social issues, meaning, the value of life, and looking forward to positive changes in the future. i really enjoyed reading it. hoping for more to come from her. these are a wonderful addition to the literature out there it is especially lovely in it's interweaving of moving poetry and mental health issues

  8. 5 out of 5

    littlegirl413 littlegirl413

    This is another very thoughtful book of poetry by Dr Abbott. Although, I didn't personally realate to this collection as much as her first collection "Dreams Like Mine," I still found it moving and powerful. I especially liked the last 2 poems that were like looking a 2 sides of the same coin. I like Dr Abbott's style and hope to see more of the same from her in the future.

  9. 3 out of 5

    Anahit Arustamyan

    A Work In Progress by Leesa Abbott is a collection of beautiful poems. She is a talented poetess whose works are real masterpices. I greatly enjoy reading her wonderful poems which are very creative and original. I strongly recommend her book to anyone who loves good poetry.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tj Sanchez

    Great follow up to Dreams Like Mine. Hasn't lost any quality. I hope there will be more to come...

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jordin Smith

    Just as good as the other poetry book by the same author. last two poems are powerful - showing the despair we can feel and the rise to worthiness and claiming of life

  12. 3 out of 5

    Jim Simon

    Insightful, thought-provoking writing

  13. 3 out of 5

    Stevie Smith

    Intriguing. Kept my attention. i'd recommend it

  14. 4 out of 5

    Stacy Hawkins

    Awesome book of poetry. Five stars and I recommend it to poetry lovers as well as lovers of books in general. You will find some treasures in here.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kelli

    I'm a fan of this writer. May be biased because of it but I recommend this book.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Psych

  17. 3 out of 5

    YoursTruly

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jack Fenway

  19. 3 out of 5

    Ireland

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Wiedholz

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sara

  22. 4 out of 5

    John Nelson

  23. 5 out of 5

    Tegan Lennox

  24. 4 out of 5

    Nashville Griffith

  25. 5 out of 5

    Alison

  26. 3 out of 5

    John Farley

  27. 3 out of 5

    Tori Dylan

  28. 4 out of 5

    Frett

  29. 5 out of 5

    River

  30. 5 out of 5

    Grant Foley

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