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When was the last time you let yourself feel the power of poetry and a poet’s voice?

Here’s the perfect chance! Jasmine Mans--author of the poetry collections Chalk Outlines of Snow Angels and, most recently, Black Girl, Call Home; resident poet of the Newark Public Library; and viral sensation behind the poem "Footnotes for Kanye"--talks with Eve and Julie about how she discovered her own narrative through poetry. They discuss how being raised in a competitive family led Jasmine to the battlefields of slam poetry and the indelible impression made on her as a burgeoning poet by a health class substitute teacher. In a highpoint for Book Dreams, Jasmine recites and interprets one of her poems from Black Girl, Call Home. She also recommends some of her favorite poets and authors from her “rabbit hole of literary love.”

Black Girl, Call Home

A Most Anticipated Book of 2021 by Oprah MagazineTimeVogue • Vulture •Essence• Elle • Cosmopolitan • Real Simple • Marie Claire • Refinery 29 Shondaland Pop Sugar Bustle• Reader's Digest

Nothing short of sublime, and the territory [Mans'] explores...couldn’t be more necessary.


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Jasmine Mans

Chalk Outlines of Snow Angels, by Jasmine Mans

Black Girl, Call Home, by Jasmine Mans

Black Girl, Call Home, audiobook performed by Jasmine Mans

“Footnotes for Kanye” (video performance), by Jasmine Mans

Newark Public Library

Maya Angelou

Nikki Giovanni

“The Light” or “The Light,” by Jasmine Mans

Dorothy Dandridge

Harry Belafonte

George Floyd

Breonna Taylor

“Serena,” by Jasmine Mans

Patricia Smith

Gwendolyn Brooks

Terrence Hayes

Amaud Johnson

Alysia Harris

Carvens Lissaint

Finna, by Nate Marshall

Clint Smith

Jericho Brown

Ta-Nehisi Coates

Toni Morrison

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, by Ocean Vuong

Eve Yohalem

Julie Sternberg

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