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Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite
Black Butterfly: The Journey - The Victory by Lorna Jackie Wilson is a book of the author's poetry, compiled into a collection of poems. Separated into two sections, the poetry compilation and tributes, Wilson shares her experiences as a child in the foster care system, personal tragedy, a life shaped by her love of Christ and as a resilient, intelligent, and potent black woman, and the trials and tribulations of being a survivor. Within each verse Wilson lays bare her spirit - both broken and made whole - in a heartfelt book that will bring solace and inspiration to all those who can relate to the strength of her words, and evoke empathy and revelation in everyone else.
As a foster carer myself, I was intrigued by the opportunity to read the work of someone who had been in the system and ultimately returned, this time on her own terms, to care for those who have been placed into a system that often feels hopeless to both the children and their natural parents. There wasn't a single line within Black Butterfly: The Journey - The Victory by Lorna Jackie Wilson that didn't call to the deepest fissure of my heart. With poignant words and almost choral formation, Wilson has created a gem of a book of poetry that I wholeheartedly recommend to children, parents and foster carers, social workers, teachers, and all those who are looking for an illuminated sense of where they've come from, and where the path may ultimately lead.