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About the Author

Wendy writes with hopes that her words might help others to understand her personal struggle with being adopted. As her journey continues in her search for truth, she continues to write from the heart and soul. She doesn't "filter" feelings.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1470186551
  • ISBN-13: 978-1470186555
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,747,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Wendy is an adoptee who was born in Columbus Ohio in 1972 and adopted at 5 days old. She spent much of her life dreaming of her first mother and had high hopes of meeting her once again someday.
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.

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The succulence of the author's poignant book takes the reader down a road less traveled. Adoptee Wendy's truth-seeking poetry shares her painful adoption journey of losses and acceptance--a collage with deep fragility of life questions that sometimes we are afraid to even ask ourselves, much less take the time to listen to the reflection of one's soul who has felt unworthy of love.
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Heart wrenching and powerful is the journey that Wendy takes you on through her poetry. I would recommend it not only for adoptee's searching for their birth parents, but for adoptive parents and friends of adoptees. It will truly help you understand and give you a glimpse into the world of searching for a part of yourself....that only an adoptee can know. "Did You?" and "Lost" were two of my favorite's. Wendy's book grabs your heart and doesn't let go.
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Shadows of a Dark-Alley Adoptee is a heart wrenching collection of poems written deep from the soul. It is a brutally honest look at a woman that was adopted as a child and continues to fight and struggle through emotions in her adult life including those dealing with love, life, and loss. It is eye opening and gripping and leaves you with emotions that perhaps you didn't know existed. I definitely recommend this book to anyone that's been adopted, plans to adopt, or yearns for some understanding about what goes on in the heart, mind, and soul of those that have been adopted. Amazing.
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Wendy has managed to write a beautiful and haunting book that leaves the reader feeling her pain through every word. To be able to write like she has, to be able to express her moods, confusion and needs speaks a great deal of her spirit. To open herself up to raw emotions and to be truthful to herself takes great courage and strength. She wrote from her heart, her soul and her spirit and to be able to create those feelings to the reader makes her a wonderful writer.
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Wendy's words will leave you feeling in ways you might not be used to, but you'll keep coming back to feel them again. If you're an adoptee, you will feel a sense of understanding and solidarity. If you're not, you will begin to truly empathize and understand what adoptees live with every day, the feelings they carry with them through every moment, awake or asleep. Wendy has struggled with these emotions for her entire life, and the way they have flowed into her poems is raw, and edgy, and mesmerizing. This book is full of painful truths that will make you laugh at times and cry at others. If only we could all face our own demons in such a cathartic way. I highly recommend this book of poetry, and look forward to the day when she publishes her full story.
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Beautiful and heartrending, this book captures the years of pain and frustration as Wendy searched for her place in the world. Her poetry touches the heart of anyone who reads this lovely tribute
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.
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Wendy Barkett's autobiographical book of adoption-themed poetry is both eloquent and brutally honest. Her artful words give the reader a glimpse into the inner world of what adopted people might be sensing about their lives.

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.
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By Keith on March 30, 2012
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A very deep, heart felt collection of poetry, one can only imagine the pain some one experiences on this journey. I say this is a must read.
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