I AM ENOUGH
SHAKEDRA ‘LYRIC’ JENERETTE, Memoir/Biography/Autobiography
I AM ENOUGH chronicles the story of Shakedra ‘Lyric’ Jenerettes’ journey from paternal abandonment, rape, relationship betrayals, mental breakdown, sexual promiscuity, and single motherhood to learning to love and forgive herself. It’s extremely honest and transparent. She did not withhold the naming of incidents, situations and mindsets that impacted her life. For example, she begins by sharing about the mental breakdown she suffered, and how it was the “freest” she ever felt.
“There have been moments in my life that I literally lost my mind in every clinical sense of the phrase. In those moments I was the most free. Free to be honest, wounded, relaxed. I was happy until I again found my mind wrapped up in one of those all too familiar boxes offered so freely by society.”
The book is filled with “revelation” gems, particularly in the poems ending each chapter. The poems are riveting, and capture her sentiments while painting vivid and lasting mental / emotional images for the reader. Her use of simile, metaphors, and analogies in her poetry is quite ingenius and powerful. That said, while she brings up interesting topics, she often robs the reader of acquiring the full story, or a sense of textual closure because she doesn’t expound on points that drive the chapter’s theme. There are points of stagnation and sometimes a lack of key points of resolution.
For readers who are looking for stories from the African American, Christian, woman perspective, this story might be encouraging. At the very least, those readers will find some contentment in knowing they are not alone when it comes to issues related to rape, low self-esteem, and redemption.
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