Brave doesn’t even begin to describe this book…
This world is filled with powerful, amazing, extraordinary women and Jackie Bluu is one of them. Facing the Beast is a very short book, but it will stay with you for a long time after reading it. It may take you a while just to get beyond one page. The thoughts and feelings depicted are so raw, real and heartbreaking. The topic of this book is very close to my heart and is about the victim’s perspective of child sexual abuse.
The content is not for everyone. There are some graphic descriptions and language, however, the feelings, experiences and drawings give incredible insight into someone’s mind and the impact of sexual abuse. I felt angry whilst reading it, but not half as angry as the person experiencing this type of trauma.
The anger is evident:
He smirked through it all, and denied it all…
through his thirty – two coffee stained teeth and his putrid cigarette-rotted breath.
The fear is real:
Press the panic button!
Assemble all signs of joy and stuff ’em in a bag!
stop, drop and roll into a hiding place!
The grief lingers:
See, loneliness is all I know-
loneliness is my familiar friend-
and loneliness is my comfort zone.
Facing the beast is an incredibly important collection of thoughts and feelings. The author was not aware of what I do for a living when she sent me her book. I am so grateful for it and I want all of my colleagues to read it because we do important work with children and can hopefully have an influence over their experience and make the world a slightly better place.
Facing the Beast is not just important for those in the caring/welfare professions to read though, it is for the public. Individuals in the wider community need to know the trauma. Perhaps they won’t understand it, it might be hard to read – but – if it makes us cringe and hurt and feel bad…how did it make the child feel who was living it???
Read Facing the Beast and you might just begin to understand…
Facing the Beast is a story of the mind depicting grief, mental illness, and the effects of child sexual abuse.
How does the mind continue to unravel after enduring years of abuse as a child? How does one try to cope with that leftover trauma along with added unresolved grief? Written in a snarky collection of thirty poems, some of which are simple illustrations, readers have a chance to get inside the author’s head and witness a damaged woman’s struggle to overcome these tragic experiences.
This chapbook brings forth difficult and uncomfortable subjects to the table, with just the right hint of sarcasm and dark humor.