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A Black Girl's Poetry for the World [Kindle Edition]

Kimberly LaRocca
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Poetry on Love and Life

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Through motherhood, womanhood and everything it entails, "A Black Girl's Poetry For the World" is moving and unique reading, highly recommended.
Margaret Lane
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Midwest Book Review 
5 Stars
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  • File Size: 267 KB
  • Print Length: 136 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1456595490
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0054N77TK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #341,830 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poetry Lives Here November 9, 2011
Format:Paperback
"poetry Lives Here" is a poem in this collection, but it could just as well be the title of the book. I can't say that I am finished with this book, but that isn't how poetry collections work anyway, is it now? And This One Works. Everything from the beautiful cover to the poetry inside, works so well, it looks easy.

She titled it, A Black Girl's Poetry For the World, and even though I am a middle aged white woman who grew up in a town in Wyoming with Native American and Mexican Americans and White Americans and never even knew an African American until I was married and 26, I am still part of "the World" this book is for.

These poems are very human, very much the female life, filled with faith and doubts, hope, fears, joy and pain. It could be the author's journal, or mine or, I suspect almost every woman's.

I love all the poems I have read so far, although some speak more clearly to where I am now,

Let me share a piece of one

From "Nearly Broken"

"My mind said all was lost.
Hope not within my reach.
But the voice inside
said I would rise
And would not concede defeat."
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Delightful Poetic Journey! October 15, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
"A Black Girl's Poetry for the World" by Kimberly LaRocca is a collection of insightful poems addressing many levels of the human existence, from pain, to love, and to everyday living. What I really enjoyed are the large messages delivered by so few, easy to read lines, and minimizing of clichés. I recommend this to anyone that either reads poetry often, or to novel-readers looking for a romp into creativity that's refreshing and inspirational. Five Stars!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Many of the poems in this book touched my heart! Even though poet Kimberly LaRocca is from an entirely different culture, we are sisters. I felt her pain, her hopelessness, her joy...and her ultimate hope! I sense she is a powerful woman who's had it tough coming into her own... But she's doing it!

Though most of the poems are about bittersweet love, others about fulfilled love and many about other life situations, one thing they have in common: They're all lyrical and sincere, giving us a true glimpse into the heart of this beautiful, soulful woman.

The title, A Black Girl's Poetry for the World, is a perfect title and the cover is one of the most aesthetic I've ever seen.

I haven't read all the poems yet because I believe poetry should be savored slowly, like fine food; poetry is food for the soul. I glanced through each title, though, to get a feel for the entire book and found there's something for everyone in this little gem. I know I'm going to learn more life lessons as I read and ponder each poem separately. In addition to releasing her deep feelings and emotions, I believe that's how the author intends for her readers to relish this book.

My favorite so far is: A POET'S SONG. I like this one because I know a number of poets and they're just like LaRocca describes:

I live in verse.
I think in rhyme,
Thinking, rhyming
All the time.
The sadness that you may see,
Is all poetry to me.
The happiness you're feeling now
Turns into rhyme for me somehow.
I don't know how
Or even why.
It sings to me from deep inside.
And it makes up
The best of me,
Living, breathing poetry.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Poetry in Emotions November 29, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
A Black Girl's Poetry for the World by Kimberly LaRocca is a thoroughly enjoyable book. The poetry in the book is emotive and expressive, delving into tangled subjects, and the author has separated her verse into two themed sections, Love and Life.

The poems in the first half, Love, are a diverse, frank and raw examination of affection, sex, commitment, and love gone sour and they run a gamut of emotional depth. The author doesn't shy away from a candid message in her poetry, while still delivering visceral, authentic beauty in verse.

The second part, Life, is a mix of some lovely faith based poetry, shining insight on the power and shape of belief, with affecting musings on emotional pain, tragic circumstance, inner strength, the complexity of relationships and the meaning in life.

The book is full of intriguing poems and some of my favourites are Thanks to You, Terminal Love and The Long Road Home, all rich in depth and word craft. A Black Girl's Poetry for the World is a wonderful volume of poetry both communal and personal, an intimate glimpse into a poet's soul.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable and recommended November 23, 2011
By ian
Format:Kindle Edition
I don't usually buy poetry but decided to give this a try based on a recommendation.
This book is very readable, and is simplistic in many ways which I like to see.
It lets you in, and that is important.
Many emotions within these pages, a particular favourite is 'Don't Forget Yesterday.'
Rather than trying to be clever, Kimberly's view of events in her life as she sees them
and descibes them in her own contemporary way works for me.
I hope to read more of her work.
Enjoyable and recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LaRocca bares her soul, and by doing so bares ours. October 19, 2011
Format:Paperback
Poetry can be an intense and deeply personal art form. It can celebrate nature, the human condition, love, loss and almost anything in the human imagination. It can be high and lofty and full of flowery language, or it can be as simple as a tear drop, a laugh, a quiet smile.

Kimberly LaRocca's very touching, insightful book of poetry is all of that and more. It's a celebration of love, desire, anger, need and many more thoughts and feelings that we all may experience in a single day of living. Yet, it feels a lifetimes worth of soulful expression.

I read these poems over two nights....the first time. Then I reread them over the past two weeks as I found them drifting into my thoughts during the day and felt a need to revisit them.

I needed to make sure I wasn't forgetting a line, or remembering it incorrectly. I needed to see if that was what the author, the poet meant. Whether I was interpreting it correctly. Then I realized, that you really couldn't misunderstand them, that they were personal, yet universal, and allowed the reader to let them translate themselves. A Black Girls Poetry For the World . Really, it is simply Poetry For The World, simple and elegant, reflecting on love and desire and harsh reality. Melancholy and joy, laughter and tears. A days journey, a years journey and all the emotion, large and small.

This isn't the clever language of Shakespeare, or even the lofty words of Frost. This is thoughts and feelings in words we might speak to each other, but with a deeper meaning than we ever do. LaRocca bares her soul, and by doing so bares ours. She shows us her pain, her joy, her love and shows us our own.

Maybe that is what poetry is supposed to be. Poetry is what happens when nothing else can. Poetry is what happens when life happens and LaRocca understands that and conveys it to us so very well.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Read.
Great! Very encouraging. Give a poet a pen. Then the poet will write a masterpiece. Please read. Great for thinking.
Published 1 month ago by Patricia Stoddard
5.0 out of 5 stars Truthful voice powerful
Truthful unsung voice powerful loved this expression of me. Will share this endeavor to all of the people I my realm.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy it very much
I enjoyed reading her works. This was my first time. I was looking for a poem to read at our Black History program.
Published 4 months ago by Visa
4.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Book of Poetry
I enjoyed each poem. Some of them made me contemplative while others made me laugh out loud. This book is truly a treasure worth reading cover to cover.
Published 12 months ago by Mary B Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Words to hear!
I recommend this poetry! Something for quitetime, sleepytime or just anytime! Great for you kindle, no need for carrying lots of books.
Published 16 months ago by Carolyn Reed
5.0 out of 5 stars A black girls poetry for the world
I thought it was wonderful reading. I hope we hear more from her. I wish I could write like that.
Published 19 months ago by inez
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart Capturing Poetry
I really like this book of poetry. I believe anyone who reads this book will definitely find poems that they can relate too. In addition, this book has a spectacular cover.
Published on August 22, 2012 by Lioness Publishing House
5.0 out of 5 stars Poetry for the human condition
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A Black Girl's Poetry for the World is a collection of 123 poems about life, love and everything in between, written by Kimberly LaRocca - mother, poet,... Read more
Published on May 12, 2012 by The Paperback Pursuer
4.0 out of 5 stars Honesty from a Sensitive Heart
Every day words
About every day life,
Revealing a soul
Who's lived through much,
Young Kimberly's words
Will reach your heart. Read more
Published on February 18, 2012 by Geni J. White
5.0 out of 5 stars Inside Me There is a Wide, Wonderful World
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I don't mind admitting it. The cover of this poetry book spoke to my heart first. Read more
Published on January 29, 2012 by Grapes
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Kimberly LaRocca is an avid reader and writer and has written numerous short stories, poems, and songs. She earned a Bachelor of Applied Science in Technology Management degree from St. Petersburg College. Kimberly lives in Florida with her husband and four sons.


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