Mother of four sons and grandmother of one, Kimberly LaRocca knows all about challenges. Although she became a mother at age 17, LaRocca didn’t allow her situation to define her, or let her fall into societal stereotypes. She graduated with her high school class and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree. Now author of the new book of poems Black Girl’s Poetry for the World, LaRocca wrote WVFC that “Most of the poems in my book are about love and life and I also write inspirational poems.” We cheer the inspiration she represents.


While celebrating self-determination and human pride, A Black Girl’s Poetry for the World also presents insightful poems exploring all aspects of the human experience. From lost loves, strained relationships and the difficulty of forgiveness to raw anger and intense sexual desire, LaRocca tells it like it is and literally bares her soul in her poetry. “I find writing and poetry cathartic and empowering,” adds LaRocca. “I understand my style may be subject to literary criticism, but I also believe others will find valuable meaning to which they can relate. Poetry is beautiful because no one can deny your words, thoughts, dreams, and fears.”


 My World

Sometime ago

I lost myself.

Don’t know how long it’s been.

Forgot who I was inside,

What treasures lied within.


I gave so much to others

And put their needs before mine.

This thought had become commonplace.

It’s how I lived my life.


My eyes are open now,

Remembering who I was.

Picked up where I had left off,

Just the way a record does.


Now it’s time for me to grow,

Time for me to shine,

Concentrating on what I’m meant to do,

My world finally mine.

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  • Patricia Moscatello August 12, 2011 at 11:39 am

    WOW This is young woman of today to be proud of!!!!!!

    Thank you WVfC for showcasing Kim and her beautiful and heartfelt work.

    I will pass this on and pray Kim’s writing will inspire others.
    Patricia. Moscatello

  • Vinanti Castellarin-Voices of Women Worldwide August 12, 2011 at 10:49 am

    The poetry is lovely … Thanks for introducing VOWW to this sensitive Kimberly LaRocca