Continuing her National Poetry Month series for April, today Ali Muldrow gets to have the very best kind of book club with poet Jasmine Mans about her latest collection, Black Girl, Call Home, which some readers have called “the Black Girl Bible.”
They have a rich conversation about the power of poetry to mimic memory, family relationships, Black girlhood and womanhood, how writing can be a reckoning, and more.
Jasmine Mans is a Black American poet and artist from Newark, New Jersey. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the First Wave program and has released two collections of poetry, Chalk Outlines of Snow Angels (Thorn10, 2012) and Black Girl, Call Home (Berkley, 2021). Mans is the resident poet at the Newark Public Library.
Note: Jasmine does a live reading of her poem “The Lite” at 33:40. Please excuse the 5–10 seconds of this recording that were edited out for broadcast. You can listen to an unedited version here.