Editorial Reviews

“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.” — Reviewed By Jamie Michele for Readers’ Favorite “Black Butterfly: The Journey – The Victory by Lorna Jackie Wilson is a beautiful, inspiring collection of poetry that will tug at your heartstrings and give you an understanding of the struggles of a young colored girl in today’s society. This is a book filled with hope and courage and shows, through the perfectly constructed prose, how you can succeed in this world if you have conviction and faith in the Lord. The topics are current and controversial. But the theme throughout is one girl’s struggle to deal with the foster care system, domestic violence, family relationships, poverty and to come out on the other side strong and determined. This book of outstanding poetry conjured up every emotion from sadness to a determination to overcome my own issues. The haunting words of A Tragedy and A Tragedy In Connecticut really hit me to the core of my heart. The poems covered gritty and dark subjects, but they were written from the heart and with honesty. The theme I felt throughout was of courage and determination to succeed, no matter what the obstacles because you have the Lord watching over you and He will only give you the challenges He knows you can overcome. Black Butterfly and Brown Brother again struck my heart. It was hard to choose a favorite poem, but if I had to then ‘How does one deal with loss’; that poem could have been written for the losses in my life. This book is amazing and I will read it again when I need inspiration to conquer anything.” — Lesley Jones for Readers’ Favorite
“I can remember attending a wedding when the maid of honor stood to speak. I knew the relationship between the MOH and the bride was a strong one, there was a lot of love there, a lot of support in tough times, a lot of mutual growth when those tough times separated them. It is difficult to generate a heartfelt speech that communicates that much caring, faith, and love. After receiving “Black Butterfly: The Journey – The Victory” through a giveaway, I wanted to be able to travel back in time to just before that wedding day and hand this book to her. Many of the poems exude the feelings I know she wanted to express. The poems touch on a variety of lifelong relationships and messages to friends and family. Many touch on the African American experience specifically and many are universal. There is love and growth as the poems progress. I would recommend this book to anyone seeking the right words to express complicated, nuanced relationships with family, friends, and community. The poetry itself is written in multiple rhyming styles (couplets, feminine & masculine rhymes).” — Serendipity Marie “At one point or another in life, we all deal with ups and downs. When tragedy hits, it helps to know that there is hope for a brighter tomorrow. In her book titled Black Butterfly: The Journey – The Victory, Lorna Jackie Wilson put together a compelling collection of beautiful poems that touch on a number of topics including tragedy, loss, pain, empowerment, faith, healing, and so much more. Some battles we face together as a community while many are fought alone. Sometimes we find solace in each other while some healing journeys must be traveled solo. The poems in this book touch on all these circumstances and so much more.  Some of the poems in Black Butterfly: The Journey – The Victory speak about tragic events known to many while others speak about those only known to the author, but they all have one thing in common. They capture the raw emotions of the situation and of life. The poems come together to tell a complete story of tragedy, sorrow, overcoming and healing. Each poem tells a story in words so simple yet so deep and, whether you have been through that particular circumstance or not, you will feel Lorna Jackie Wilson’s emotions and you will relate to them. In addition, the images used, capture the essence of every poem, bringing to life the emotions behind the words even more. The poems touch on a number of emotional topics and, in the end, they all deliver a strong message that even when all seems to be lost, there is always hope so hold on tight and never let go.” –Faridah Nassozi for Readers’ Favorite
“This is a book of poems that I found to be extremely heart-gripping. Each one was so beautiful and had a story behind it. I found that I connected to many of them and had deep thoughts over her wonderful use of words. It was very rooted in God and I love that about it.  If you like poetry or not, this a must-read!”  — Hayley Schmolze 
“Do you realize that our lives are a reflection of God within us? The essence of our witness is how we act in situations that affect all of us. Author Lorna Jackie Wilson introduces poems in Black Butterfly: The Journey, The Victory, that express God’s love through relationships, loss, struggle and character building. ‘May this compilation of poetry inspire those with similar struggles or challenges, and may the journey illustrate the life of an overcomer,’ says Lorna. As you read Black Butterfly: The Journey, The Victory, you will be able to see the beauty of words as poems give tribute to loved ones such as Belle Starr, Bishop Mariea Claxton, Hazel Winston Lowe, and Maya Angelou. To bring the message home, Lorna has also dedicated poems to life events from black history, the military, and the killings at Sandy Brooks Elementary to the 9/11 tragedy.  As I read, Black Butterfly: The Journey, The Victory by Lorna Jackie Wilson, I enjoyed the eclectic nature of the poems; there is something here for everyone. As Lorna sprinkles photo images and biblical scripture throughout Black Butterfly along with these beautiful words, you will walk through the steps and pathway of Lorna’s life. “While the journey reveals a combination of pain and loss, it also reveals love, laughter, and accomplishment,” says Lorna … — Vernita Naylor for Readers’ Favorite
   

Black Butterfly touches the soul of many who, like myself, may have had identity issues as a teen/young adult and began the journey of knowing God and themselves. I recommend Black Butterfly as a tool to minister to all who desire to begin their journey to change.

– Darlene Mcdaniel

Black Butterfly touches the soul of so many …

I won a signed copy through a goodreads giveaway – thank you so much Lorna Jackie Wilson! This is a book of poems that I found to be extremely heart-gripping. Each one was so beautiful and had a story behind it. I found that I connected to many of them and had deep thoughts over her wonderful use of words. It was very rooted in God and I love that about it.

If you like poetry or not, this a must read!
— Hayley Schmolze

A book of poems found to be extremely heart-gripping

This beautiful poetry by Ms. Wilson shares so much of her life, from raw pain to full hope and faith! The strength of her faith shines in her love for the Lord God, no matter what. She uses different poetical structures like rhyming, rhythmic beat and powerful imagery. I treasure this book because Lorna dares to bare her heart. Sometimes I empathized with her and sometimes I just marvel at all she’s gone through. No wonder she has such a strong faith. She needed it to survive.

– Jan (Husband, Dante) Zanoni

This beautiful poetry …

A very good book of poems. Its a read of like . I enjoyed it very much. Thanks for the win.

– Darlene Dufrene-estay

A very good book of poems

I’ve been reading your book that I purchased, and I feel your conviction. I love the stories of how you overcame foster care, and how the Lord has carried you through your journey in spite of the challenges. It was only to make you stronger to continue and pursue more. You looked so established at your book signing, while being the ray of God’s Son in the room among allll those people. It touches my heart to see your victory because Christ was, and has been formed in you! Love you!

– Keita

I love the stories …

Do you realize that our lives are a reflection of God within us? The essence of our witness is how we act in situations that affect all of us. Author Lorna Jackie Wilson introduces poems in Black Butterfly: The Journey, The Victory, that express God’s love through relationships, loss, struggle and character building. “May this compilation of poetry inspire those with similar struggles or challenges, and may the journey illustrate the life of an overcomer,” says Lorna. As you read Black Butterfly: The Journey, The Victory, you will be able to see the beauty of words as poems give tribute to loved ones such as Belle Starr, Bishop Mariea Claxton, Hazel Winston Lowe and Maya Angelou. To bring the message home, Lorna has also dedicated poems to life events from black history, the military and the killings at Sandy Brooks Elementary to the 9/11 tragedy.  As I read, Black Butterfly: The Journey, The Victory by Lorna Jackie Wilson, I enjoy the eclectic nature of the poems; there is something here for everyone. As Lorna sprinkles photo images and biblical scripture throughout Black Butterfly along with these beautiful words, you will walk through the steps and pathway of Lorna’s life. “While the journey reveals a combination of pain and loss, it also reveals love, laughter, and accomplishment,” says Lorna … 

— Reviewed by Vernita Naylor for Readers’ Favorite

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— Outskirts Press

Game Changers: My overall impression of your work …

“The author took me to place I haven’t experienced and a country and situation I don’t know. Against a harsh backdrop, where people search for sustenance, doing the best they can with their limited resources, she introduced me to characters with great tenderness. Baby Girl is brutal, but more than that, what shines through is love and kindness. People find happiness where they can and grab it with both hands and open arms. Catherine is a single mother of three children, Tina, Leon, and Michelle. Catherine is a beautiful woman who struggles to support her family. Little by little the family descend, by one mishap after another, until Child Care Protective Services arrive and remove her children . . . The Victory, a compilation of poetry. I’m not surprised Lorna has written a book of poetry. The verse* in this book is beautiful.”  — Fusty Luggs

*Refers to Prologue from the book, Babygirl: Prequel to Black Butterfly

The author took me to a place …

I can remember attending a wedding when the maid of honor stood to speak. I knew the relationship between the MOH and the bride was a strong one, there was a lot of love there, a lot of support in tough times, a lot of mutual growth when those tough times separated them. It is difficult to generate a heartfelt speech that communicates that much caring, faith, and love. After receiving “Black Butterfly: The Journey – The Victory” through a giveaway, I wanted to be able to travel back in time to just before that wedding day and hand this book to the her. Many of the poems exude the feelings I know she wanted to express.

The poems touch on a variety of lifelong relationships and messages to friends and family. Many touch on the African American experience specifically and many are universal. There is love and growth as the poems progress.

I would recommend this book to anyone seeking the right words to express complicated, nuanced relationships with family, friends, and community. The poetry itself is written in multiple rhyming styles (couplets, feminine & masculine rhymes).

– Serendipity Marie

I would recommend this book to anyone …