No Matter How Dark the Stain
Poems and Inspiration for the Woman in Pain
by Andrea L. Wehlann
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Pub Date 31 May 2021 | Archive Date 12 Aug 2021
Award-winning Canadian poet releases her first full-length book of poetry—inspirational poems for women about self-worth, trauma resilience, and healing.
Healing can happen in an instant. Opening this book is like opening your awareness. It’s the first step in the direction of love, of listening to your heart.
You are not defined by what happened to you. You are what you do in this moment.
No Matter how Dark the Stain acknowledges the innocence of the heart and child within us all. Essentially a collection of love poems for anxious people, it meets people in their darkest space and gives a breath of life to the pain and feelings that haunt us and keep bad patterns recurring. It offers a light, it sends love and comfort, affirmations, and strength to keep pushing through pain and through that door, which is within, revealing the love and light of awareness and expanding the mind and heart to new possibilities beyond the painful experiences.
These poems will shine light on darkness to invoke rising closer to our full, loving nature and potential.
No Matter How Dark the Stain is presented in three sections:
Poems of love, innocence, and poems of hope from the time before loss, grief, and trauma
Grieving poems for the loss of a child, and poetry about abuse and trauma
Poems of getting over grief, healing poems, poems of hope and gratitude, poems of love, especially self-love.
♥ Where there is light, there can be no darkness. Love is like a switch that heals our darkness. ♥
You’ve opened your heart. Felt the pieces falling apart. Poet Andrea L. Wehlann has glued her pieces together, on her knees. She tells her yoga students: “That’s the thing about the heart. It breaks.”
Wehlann’s book of poetry for women holds space for your pain. Her words can be your light. Your body wants to heal. Close your eyes, breathe these poems in, into that space we are all open, free, and interconnected.
“You are not alone. You can do this—as I have. You’re a star. It’s never too late to shine.
Thank you for taking this journey to the light with me.” —Andrea
Andrea L. Wehlann is an accomplished, published, and awarded poet. No Matter How Dark the Stain: Poems and Inspiration for the Woman in Pain is her first full-length book of poetry.
"""No Matter How Dark the Stain is a lyrical opus. This collection provides the impetus for a reader to reflect on the distant and recent difficult past with the view that there is the promise of future restoration.""
-Tiffany L. Gallagher, PhD, Professor, Brock University
""Andrea provides great insight into her journey. Very moving.""
-Loretta P. Merritt, Human Rights, Advocacy, and Criminal Lawyer, Torkin Manes LLP Barristers & Solicitors"
Average rating from 9 members
What's up with all the two-star reviews of this book? I'm no expert at judging poetry, and I may concede that yes, these poems might benefit from a bit more tinkering and polishing, but I know emotions, and Andrea L. Wehlann expresses them vividly. Were some readers expecting a self-help book full of advice and coping mechanisms? For me, it is enough to know that we are not alone. Others have felt the same pain, blame, even self-loathing, but more importantly, some, like Wehlann, have OVERCOME the pain. The book is in three parts for a reason. The third part is more than a compilation of words we see on plaques and memes, exhorting us to live, love, breathe, and just be. The spirit of victory prevails. Instead of thinking "cliche," I lean toward "universal." We need these reminders. No matter what form of abuse, debasement, or ridicule one may have endured since childhood, nor to what degree this violation may have descended, we all need the "buzz words" - we all need to be reminded, daily, of our own capacity to survive. Be resilient. *Illegitmi non carborundum* - a mock-Latin aphorism, often translated as "Don't let the b^stards grind you down". - is my take away from this book. That, and "We can overcome." Whatever loss, anguish, or violation of our bodies and souls, we have the capacity to live again, really live, not just exist, not just hide in some shell trying to block the pain. As the Amazon author bio tells us, this poet struggled with "childhood, mental, physical, and emotional abuse, surviving rape and sexual assault, miscarriages and infant loss, personal experiences make her an effective healer today. The gift she strives to share with others is that she sees the world as a whole and that we are all equal parts of that whole." Mission accomplished! I have bought this book as a gift for a friend who, I hope, will internalize Wehlann's message of hope and healing.
I really like the front cover and I really enjoyed the poetry . I thought the words where beautiful and my favourite was the briefly beauty about the rainbow it was lovely. I could really picture what the author was saying in my mind. I feel like this poems are very spiritual. I will definitely keep coming back to this book. Thank you NetGalley for letting me read this book.