The words are sometimes harsh and the visualizations raw, but they are reality for Jesse-Ray Lewis who grew up in Appalachia surrounded by violence, drug dealing, and addiction.
He entered foster care at age 12 and aged out of the system in 2016 at age 18. The poems start out as an elegy, a mournful expression of his sad beginnings. Then they begin to show hope as the author attempts rise up out of that shattered childhood as a quest for answers and a search for a new beginning.
ISBN 978-1-60808-193-6 (Paperback)
ISBN 978-1-60808-194-3 (eBook)
Poetry / Chapter Books
6 x 9, 70 pages
Publication date: May 1, 2018
Award-winning journalist Andrea Brunais offers a glimpse of the story of Jesse-Ray Lewis and the Appalachian town that tried to help him turn his life around.