Black Girl, Call Home

Category: Book
By (author): Mans, Jasmine
Subject:  POETRY / American / African American
  POETRY / General
  POETRY / Women Authors
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Published: March 2021
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 7.75in x 5.06in x 0.62in
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From The Publisher*A Most Anticipated Book of 2021 by Oprah Magazine • Vulture Essence • Elle • Real Simple

"You are carrying in your hands a Black woman's heart."-Jericho Brown, author of Pulitzer Prize winner The Tradition

"[Mans'] lucid and lyrical lines are as undeniable as those of a pop song yet as arresting as only spoken word artistry can be."-O, the Oprah Magazine

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.
Review Quote*"You are carrying in your hands a Black woman's heart."
-Jericho Brown, author of Pulitzer Prize winner The Tradition

"Mans takes up the tools of Brooks and Sanchez into her good hands and chisels us an urgent and grand work, proving why she's the favorite poet of all the girls in the back of the bus."
-Danez Smith, author of National Book Award finalist for poetry Don't Call Us Dead
"This book is a haven for all the Black daughters out there, hoping to make sense of the power and powerlessness in their bodies, the connection to others' bodies, and the moments of everyday life that comprise so much of our identities."
-Morgan Jerkins, New York Times bestselling author of This Will Be My Undoing
"These poems both explode and glimmer on the page."
-Clint Smith, author of NAACP Image Award finalist Counting Descent
"The collection is so steeped with tenderness, it feels intimate and wholly relatable."
-Maisy Card, author of These Ghosts Are Family 

"Jasmine Mans pulls at all the threads of who she is as a Black queer woman from Newark, unravels herself, then puts herself back together via clear, precise language that brooks no argument…Black Girl, Call Home moves from vignette to cultural criticism to ballad to eulogy to memoir with grace."

"Mans' story feels universal in so many ways."
-Real Simple

"Writing in surefooted verse, Mans refuses to allow our stories to be misunderstood."
-Dr. Alysia Harris, Pushcart nominated author of How Much We Must Have Looked Like Stars to Stars

Biographical NoteJasmine Mans is a Black American poet, artist from Newark, New Jersey. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin Madison, with a B.A. in African American Studies. Her debut collection of poetry, Chalk Outlines of Snow Angels, was published in 2012. Mans is the resident poet at the Newark Public Library. She was a member of The Strivers Row Collective.