I am pleased to share this interview about poetess Jasmine Farrell’s forthcoming poetry book, Phoenixes Groomed as Genesis Doves.
EX: What was the inspiration for this book?
JF: My inspiration for Phoenixes Groomed as Genesis Doves was the constant contact with people who were like me:
Dealing with who they are in an environment that frowns upon it, or finding one’s self after being told who they were supposed to be.
EX: Tell me about your writing journey for this lovely collection.
JF: My journey for this book was intense. I had to really dig deep within myself to express my experience with as much transparency and clarity as possible. I am a guarded person. However, I had to be vulnerable with my readers so they can understand that they are not alone on the long journey to self-discovery. I had to be unapologetic about the social issues that many people often ignore in order to cater to their ignorance on injustice. I had to document my journey of de-converting from Christianity, letting go of toxic people and going back to loving myself as I am.
EX: What are some prevalent themes in your book?
JF: The prevalent themes in Phoenixes Groomed as Genesis Doves is self-discovery, motivation, issues within my community, and self-love.
EX: Who/what are some of your poetic muses?
JF: 2014 was my poetic muse. 2014 was one of the toughest years of my life! But it made me stronger and forced me to challenge the way I was “groomed.” Past lovers, friends, and family were also muses.
EX: Can you tell me a bit about your writing process?
JF: My writing process consists of a lot of free writing. I write how I feel then clean it up in a way for the reader to understand where I am coming from and encourage them that they are not alone. I use writing prompts every now and then. There is a poem in there called, “The Morning After” which is about a woman who kills someone. It was based off of a simple writing prompt.
EX: Is there anything else that you’d like to add?
JF: Yes: We don’t have to be the reflection of this cold world!
EX: Thank you so much for sharing all of this wonderful information about your poetry book! It was a pleasure interviewing you and finding out more about you as both a poet and a person. 🙂
Phoenixes Groomed as Genesis Doves by Jasmine Farrell is a collection of poetry that draws the reader into the world of personal identity, inner growth and the complexity of human relationships. Farrell uses ordinary and common images, especially ones found in nature, to craft poems that appeal to the uncommon, the suppressed and the others. Filled with incredible grace and accessible wisdom, the poems explore a wide range of complex emotional themes. With unexpected metaphors and sparkling similes, the pieces vary in rhythm and theme making each one like a foil-wrapped candy: something to savor, enjoying each new bright color on the tongue.
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