Through It All, I'm Going to Make It
By Patrice D. Wilkerson
A collection of poems to challenge the stoutest heart
and warm the kindest soul.
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Poems of victory and passion from the heart.
My favorite season is spring
When the air is fresh and clean
My mother opens the window
While I lay quietly on my pillow
And listen to the birds sing
Beautiful songs of spring
Spring, Page 87
Reviewed by Sharon McCormick
As an avid reader with a strong appreciation for poetry and written self-expression, I just finished Patrice Wilkerson's "Through It All I'm Going to Make It: A Collection of Poetry" book, published by Righter Publishing Company here in North Carolina in 2010.
Patrice harnesses her writing with gusto as a venue for a wide range of thoughts and feelings in response to the life events that most of us share-and some that we don't. For example, her genuine happiness around the simple pleasures in life, her unwavering appreciation and love for her mother, the heartbreak of a bitter love break-up, the slow realization that a friend has become an enemy, are all conditions most people experience.
She also writes with stark candor about the untimely death of her father, the death of a friend from HIV-related problems, the pain of her ongoing grief, which is so overlooked in our society; her inability to reverse the ever-increasing fragmentation of her own family unit, and fighting the isolation and subsequent depression of being overlooked in society as a young woman in general.
Many phrases stood out to me, claiming a place in my psyche, warning the reader that, "Because when you love someone, being hurt is not part of the deal." There, she said it, now there should be no doubts about that. My favorite phrase praises her brother, Derek: "Even in darkness, your spirituality shines through - the world would be a much better place if more men were made like you."
Patrice's' work is a poignant and refreshing Collection guaranteed to touch just about everyone. I look forward to her future books, as I value the journey that her writing takes the reader on- an unapologetic marking of the passing of important events in life with a gravitas rarely found in the superficial world of readily-available vapid information. Patrice pays the highest tribute to the written word, bringing justice to it by taking it seriously, in keeping with the manner in which it was created.