I received a gifted galley of BLACK GIRL, CALL HOME by Jasmine Mans for an honest review. Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review!
Publication Date: 3/9/2021
Rating: 4.5 / 5
BLACK GIRL, CALL HOME is a poetry collection by spoken word poet Jasmine Mans. It tackles a variety of subjects including racism, sexism, mental health, sexuality, rape, music, and cultural icons. It speaks to her own story as a young, queer Black woman in America. Poems come in all shapes and sizes using different formats to convey her messages.
I found this to be a gripping and powerful collection. I have already put a request in to my library to get the audio version of the book in because I would love to hear the readings by the author! I did an exploration of YouTube to find some of the poems which jumped out at me. The author is an amazing performer in addition to being a fantastic writer. The poem “Birmingham” is written from the perspective of a little girl caught in the Birmingham church bombing of 1963, caught up in Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream. This is one that really stuck with me from the reading and finding it read online just brought the power home even more!
Even if you don’t regularly pick up poetry collections, this is one that I would highly recommend! BLACK GIRL, CALL HOME is out today!