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 Patrice D. Wilkerson


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Reviewed by Susan Violante for Reader Views (03/19)

I love poetry, especially the type that focuses on real life challenges and beauty. I picked up “Through It All, I’m Going to Make It, A Collection of Poetry” by Patrice D. Wilkerson because of that precisely. The author presents the collection in five chapters, each one representing an area of life that readers will be able to reflect upon as they enjoy them. The five areas are Death, Life Trials and Tribulations, Family, Love and Happiness, and Faith.  Although each poem is different, the author’s voice is loud and clear. The musical tone comes out with the rhyme, the deepness of the words shows the feelings of the author’s heart.  I felt each poem and listened to the words almost like listening to a song. Some are longer than others, some rhyme more than others, all felt true, genuine and real, each poem perfectly in tune with its Chapter topic.

Patrice Wilkerson’s skills are impressive. The way she played with the words in each sentence to find the perfect construction to convey what she felt, was effective, as I felt moved with each sentence and as I paused on each sentence pause. Although it is always difficult to pick favorites, I can mention a few I identified the most with: ‘Dear Sister’ page 58, ‘One of My Bad Days’ page 33, ‘Motherless Child’ page 33, and ‘My Prayer’ page 95. I found Wilkerson voice and message to be multidimensional. All poems inspired me to reflect upon the feeling painted within. However, the way the poems moved me was different with each one. This is testament to the author’s ability to communicate an array of feelings and thoughts within one voice. Below is an example of one that inspired me to get up and enjoy my day, although I was in a middle of a painful fibromyalgia flare-up:

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.   


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