“Long Live Phoenixes” is Jasmine’s third poetry collection. With the collection divided up into 9 laws (mantras), “Long Live Phoenixes” is a heavy reminder to never cease growing on the road of self-discovery.
“Ashes of pain, trauma and fear aren’t burial grounds
for phoenixes—they are birthplaces.” – NJ Scribe
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Hello, Jasmine! It’s wonderful to be speaking with you again, and I’m looking forward to finding out more about your latest book. What inspired its creation?
My late bloomer experience and growth inspired me to write “Long Live Phoenixes.” A line from the signature poem was birthed in January 2017:
were hand delivered,
set on our throats like thanksgiving spreads,
We will not swallow stories written for us.
After realizing that what I was taught and how I was raised, contradicted my essence I had a choice. I was to either continue demonizing myself or reason with cognitive dissonance that who I am is nothing to be ashamed of. I “rose out of the ashes” as my authentic self, reborn and ready to rediscover myself. I know that many people have been in my position and I wanted to create a collection that helps people. I wanted to encourage people to keep moving forward in life as their authentic selves with help of various mantras and my poems to let them know that they are not alone.
That’s beyond inspiring. When did your love of the poetic arts first enter your life?
I don’t know when my passion for poetry came about, but I know it blossomed at a very young age. It’s always been the best way that I could express myself.
Fair enough. How about the main messages in this collection?
The top three messages in “Long Live Phoenixes” is:
1. Remember where you came from- Learn to love and accept who you REALLY are.
2. Trust your inner voice.
3. Keep going despite your scars and with your dreams intact.
What profound themes. Who are some of your influencers poetry-wise?
My writing influences are Nikki Giovanni, Alysia Harris and Maya Angelou.
Excellent choices! What’s your writing process normally like?
My writing process originates from “word vomits” 85% of the time. A single stanza or line will pop into my head. I’ll play around with a piece for as long as I can. Once I become frustrated with a piece, I’ll leave it alone until I’m ready to work on it with fresh eyes.
I can definitely relate to that. Before I share your author links with everybody, is there anything else you’d like to add?
Yes, always trust yourself. There is no one in this world who can guide you better than you can. Do not run from silence… That’s where the answers can be found.
Such empowering words to wrap things up with. Thank you, Jasmine! ❤