Black Girl, Call Home
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“Nothing short of sublime, and the territory [Mans'] explores...couldn’t be more necessary.”—Vogue
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.
Mans (Chalk Outlines of Snow Angels) reframes the classic bildungsroman as a book-length poem sequence in this bold take on race, gender, and sexuality. Gorgeously precise in their diction, these poems span a range of forms, including lists, lyric strophes, aphorisms, and found language, and are unified by a shared investment in posing complex sociopolitical questions through deceptively simple personal narratives. For example, in "Momma Said Dyke at the Kitchen Table," she writes: "Momma said/ so you gonna be a dyke now?// As if she meant to say,/ don't you know/ how hard it already is." Like many poems in the book, these lines call attention to structures of privilege and oppression within the Black community. Mans investigates the sources of division within historically marginalized groups with an emphasis on toxic masculinity: "I've never seen my father cry/ or speak of his mother's death./ He doesn't talk about his brother,/ the one that passed away." Mans refuses binary distinctions, revealing that the ways society thinks of masculine power proves as harmful to men as it does to women. This is a timely and powerful book.
I love it 💕
I came across this book on a book club’s Instagram account and the cover caught my attention. Let me just say that I'm glad I bought this book and I will be reading it again! I loved it so much! I have a few favorite poems. Some poems made me cry. Overall I felt the emotions of all of them. This book was worth reading!
Endless Breathtaking Moments
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