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Notes on the Train


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Winner of BIBA Award in Poetry for 2021

From a talking pigeon to a mirror that sees all, Notes on the Train brings you closer to the author’s struggle with depression and change through the landscape of life. 

Not all battles are fought with weapons of war. Some battles rage within the mind and soul and take no prisoners.

This book is a collection of poems and prose written by the author on her journey of self-discovery.

Image by Johnny McClung
Image by Johnny McClung


Notes on the Train” by Loreen de Kort is a book of contemporary sonnets describing the author’s inner struggle with depression and the ups and downs in life. Written in the form of notes while riding on a train, this book takes the reader on a journey in more ways than one. The sense of travel pervades the script and sets a tone for reaching one’s goal in the end, keeping readers turning the pages for the next revelation.


Reader Views

Notes on the Train by Loreen de Kort is a gateway to misunderstood human concepts —torment, blame, inspiration, gratitude, fear, and unwillingness. From broken promises to overcoming depression and living a happy, healthy life, the author extends glimpses of life and stories that will brush every edge of the human heart and memory. The contemporary poems offer revelations in the author's life and inspiring, empathetic dialogue that brilliantly articulates the place of benevolence and acceptance in human relationships. Loreen de Kort’s poetry brims with vivid imagery and it features poignant expressions of emotions and deep visualizations that readers will adore.

The Book Commentary


This collection of poems is a small window into the mind of the author. By the end of these pages I felt that I had entered the mind and soul of the author. Very indicative of growing from child to teenager to woman. Great and personal read.


May 8, 2021

A quick read full of short poems that really showcase the empathetic inner dialogue of an up-and-coming new penwoman. Each selection demonstrates beautifully the internal struggles we all face, while at the same time signifying the importance of benignity, not out of convience or for a reward, but because we should strive to be kind. I cannot wait to see what’s next from this newborn bard. 10/10 would read again.

May 7, 2021

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Loreen de Kort

I am an author, wife, mother of four wonderful women, and a grandmother to three teenagers. I developed a love of poetry writing in my teens and have been writing ever since. I have lived in a suburb north of Seattle for the past 18 years. Living in the Pacific Northwest is rather like living in a land of Christmas trees and mountains filled with natural beauty. 

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