Celebrating National Poetry Month With This New Poetry Volume
Today I started reading Jasmine Mans’ poetry book Black Girl, Call Home in celebration of National Poetry Month. I sought her book out at the bookstore after seeing it mentioned repeatedly around the #bookstagram universe. But what got me to purchase it was landing on the poem, “Secrets” when I began to flip through it.
I’m a quarter of the way through it and its hitting me on multiple levels as a mother, a daughter and a Black woman. I had to pause after reading “Speak to Me of My Mother: Who Was She” because it had me reflecting hard on both my mother and my own experience with motherhood.
I expect to finish this soon and will be back with more to say. I’m hoping that my book hold on the audiobook at my local library comes through soon. I love to listen to poets read their own work. In the meantime, check out the description below for more details.
Have you read Black Girl, Call Home or are you thinking about reading it? Let me know in the comments!
GoodReads Description: From spoken word poet Jasmine Mans comes an unforgettable poetry collection about race, feminism, and queer identity.
With echoes of Gwendolyn Brooks and Sonia Sanchez, Mans writes to call herself—and us—home. Each poem explores what it means to be a daughter of Newark, and America–and the painful, joyous path to adulthood as a young, queer Black woman.
Black Girl, Call Home is a love letter to the wandering Black girl and a vital companion to any woman on a journey to find truth, belonging, and healing.