The first line of the first poem in this book reads, “Blood has decorated these streets, they have begun to look like pastures of rose petals,” setting the tone for this collection of elegies, proses, and lyric poems.
“Chalk Outlines of Snow Angels” is exactly that – the tracing of dreams deferred, love lost and vanished souls. Though it may appear to be some sort of requiem at first, you find yourself inspired by the end of the book.
Jasmine Mans calls this book a collection of poems in her dedication to Amiri Barack, Halim Suliman, and William Manns, but this book far from being simply a combining of random poem she has written and performed. Each poem flows consistently, telling a complete story.
The book is split into four parts: “Newark Riots,” “Something Broke Inside of Me,” “From Mary Magdalene With Love,” and “For Black Girls.” Each section seems as if it was written during a different time in Jasmine’s life – impressive being that she is only 20-years-old. But the voice in these poems isn’t of a 20-year-old. She writes with a voice wise and experienced like a southern great grandmother who speaks soft but makes sure you hear and understand her every word.
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