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A Black Girl's Poetry for the World by [LaRocca, Kimberly ]
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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
  • Publication Date: April 13, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0054N77TK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,701 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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"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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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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I don't mind admitting it. The cover of this poetry book spoke to my heart first. Thankfully, the poetry inside the book, A Black Girl's Poetry for the World, is just as wonderful. Each poem spoke to me in a personal way. I felt as though Kimberly LaRocca had shared a personal, long visit with me in a park with a stream. There are poems about love.

I wear you on my sleeve.
Take you when I leave.
Whether night or day,
You're with me.

This is why loving someone is a gift. Once I have experienced love it's impossible to feel alone. The person is beside me in every room and in every groove of my mind. As Mrs. Kimberly Larocca writes in A PERFECT WORLD,

In a perfect world,
It'd be you and I.

The poetry book is filled with love words, anger words and words describing every type of emotion imaginable. As a Black female, I carry the world within me. I have traveled from one shore to another shore, spoken more than one language and felt my life blood drain from me in more than a hundred instances.

A blue for when I'm feeling low.
When wide awake, a light yellow.
A range of shades for everything.
When ready, I'm an aubergine.

I liked most of all the fact that Kimberly LaRocca extended her hand in friendship and understanding. I felt while reading she is me. I am her. I will survive to see another day and night. The reason? I am a Black woman.

I have finally found
A friend I haven't seen for a
while.
She's beautiful
That friend I've found is me.
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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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