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Shadows of a Dark-Alley Adoptee: An Adoptee's Search for Self Paperback – March 22, 2012
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After searching for her truth for 14 years she finally received her first mothers name, Dottye, and then found out she had died at the young age of 24 in a car accident.
Wendy has spent most of her life expressing herself through the written word and has put together a selection of her poems pertaining to feelings surrounding her adoption in the book Shadows of a Dark-Alley Adoptee. Her hope is that her book will help others to understand her personal struggles with being adopted as well help others who share those struggles.
For Wendy, being adopted and finding her first mother at a grave both have a huge part in defining who she is.
Top Customer Reviews
to the Mother Wendy had to search for and acknowledges her struggle against the odds and the lack
of support from those who should have backed her every step.
For example, the poem, "Did You?" explores what we would ask or say if we had the chance to talk to a missing birth mother. "You Don't Know Me" addresses the fact that since, as adoptees, we don't know all the facts about ourselves, how do we find self-acceptance? It doesn't matter if those facts are good or bad; we still have a craving to know the truth. "I Cried" demonstrates that adopted people have unique feelings and frustrations. We acknowledge that other people can try their darnedest to console or "help" us, but it still may do no good. Sometimes being adopted and living with our thoughts is isolating and a very inward journey.
Personally, I liked the "Medium" and "Game on" poems because I could relate these to my experiences as a fellow adoptee who searched. Hooray for supportive husbands and honeys who cheer for our efforts!
For a curious reader who is limited on time but wants to either learn about adoptee issues or relate to similar experiences and feelings, this is a great read. Ms. Barkett writes directly and honestly in both rhyme and free-verse styles from her perspective as an adopted adult from a sealed-records era when adoption was secretive and taboo.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Intensely describes the honest emotions of being an adopted child and the life experiences that follow. Loved it.Published 12 months ago by Heather Rodriguez
A MUST READ! Very great book, raw and in your face, even if you're not adopted, it's a fantastic read!Published 17 months ago by Doc Red
WARNING: The poem & writing formats are free-style and some contain profanity.
I, as a fellow adoptee, can relate to some of the turmoil that she has endured along her... Read more
There are a lot of really bad adoptee poets out there. Wendy Barkett isn't one of them. What makes this collection stand out for me is Wendy's courage is showing not only her... Read morePublished on October 16, 2013 by Marley Greiner
Great poetry for all, but especially for those who've been adopted. This book really expresses the emotions of what it feels like to be adopted.Published on June 24, 2013 by Robin Davis
I received a free digital copy from storycartel.com in exchange for a review.
This is an excellent collection of poetry regarding adoption. Read more
Wendy lays it all out there for us!!! Her poems made me cry, made me mad, tons of emotions!!! Wendy took me with her, to what she has been through! Read morePublished on November 9, 2012 by Jonna Kosmicki
Raw, honest and beautifully written. No holding back in her words, which I appreciated. Wendy writes from her heart and soul... Read morePublished on October 5, 2012 by Amazon Customer