Praise for Three-Penny Memories: A Poetic Memoir

I was so appreciative and honored to receive advance praise for Three-Penny Memories. These reviews are in my book, and I would like to share them with you. Thank you Walter Bargen, Kristiana Reed, James Dias, and Jill Mc Cabe Johnson!

“Barbara Leonhard has given us a memoir that is an intricately woven tapestry of loss, grief, and struggle for reconciliation. She is an archeologist sifting for news of a maternal relationship buried in hurt and anxiety. Alzheimer grabbed her mother and she was dragged down into that shadowy abyss. What disappeared with her are the answers to the questions a desperate daughter mourns and carries through each day. When her mother moves in with her daughter, a shattering doubt enters through the door with her. Is the daughter’s care given out of love or obligation? Is Three Penny Memories careless change or rare coins that glitter in a corner of the excavation of Leonhard’s family? Only the reader can decide. A stunning first book!”

Walter Bargen, Missouri’s first Poet Laureate, author of several books, including My Other Mother’s Red Mercedes, Pole Dancing in the Nightclub of God, and You Wounded Miracle.

“Ever since Barbara Leonhard’s first submission to Free Verse Revolution, her work has been a pleasure to read. Leonhard is a storyteller; her poetry shares lived experience as well as narratives she has listened to or witnessed in her writing journey. Her work is always refreshingly honest and human, In fact, I find her portrayal of a parent/child relationship in this collection to be incredibly raw and moving. And it has been particularly special to experience the development of Leonhard’s craft over the past few years. I am grateful to have worked with Barbara Leonhard and to have published many of her poems about her and her mother. It is about time these pieces had a very special home of their own, in this collection.”

Kristiana Reed, Editor-in-Chief, Free Verse Revolution: a literary magazine

“I really resonated with these very moving and haunting poems…marvelous work.”

James Dias, Poetry Editor, Anti-Heroin Chic

This collection includes “much to admire, including the depths explored in these poems of the mother-daughter relationship, how the past and present connect (and disconnect) through memory and memory loss, and the perceived sincerity of the speaker’s voice.”

Jill McCabe Johnson, Editor-in-Chief, Wandering Aengus Press and Trail to Table Press

To mark the launch of the book, we will be holding a Zoom Launch Event on 15 October at 17:00 BST (12:00 EDT, 11:00 CDT) in which I will read some poems, and we will talk about the creation of the book. We hope you can join us! Here are the Zoom details:

Topic: Three-Penny Memories Launch Event
Time: Oct 15, 2022 05:00 PM London

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 826 7926 9428
Passcode: 002013

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