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
“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
“I want to give you my overall impression of your work. I was immediately pulled into Carmen’s story. You have a terrific writing style. You have obviously done a significant amount of planning and preparation in crafting your work. Your prose is nicely written with details that capture the reader. Right from the start, your plot was very engaging. You do a nice job of slowly making your way through the story with details and a certain voice that allows your reader to really interact with the characters (who are all round and very nicely developed). Characterization is one of the most important elements of a successful fiction story. I always love it when I leave a story feeling like I know the characters. This is true for your novel. You have crafted a quality piece of writing.”
— Outskirts Press
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
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!
A very good book of poems. Its a read of like . I enjoyed it very much. Thanks for the win.
– Darlene Dufrene-estay
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
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
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