The poet Jasmine Mans plunges into a rupture for “Cycles”



Poet Jasmine Mans released “Cycles,” a brutal examination of a relationship that alternates between magic and misfires. On this occasion, she and her lover are at their wit’s end and can’t seem to come back.

A piano soundtrack, a beautiful intro voice from Le Mans, which proves that she can sing as well as she writes – which says a lot, especially since she has just published a book with Penguin Random House, Black girl, call home. Mans then begins to recite the moving poem “Cycles” which is accompanied by an emotional time frame of his relationship.

“We did not go well, but we arrived”, is the centerpiece of this tale. Mans covers a troubled relationship that managed to survive trauma, only to end now. Mans determination is powerful – but that doesn’t stop her from wondering about her ex-partner, especially if she “traded my memory for the weighted blanket of another woman who has an unapologetic body like the one that I have”.

His words twist in your head, making you feel every syllable. You imagine the scenarios, like when Mans fried his partner fish, eggs and oatmeal, even after catching him cheating.

The song ends with Mans listing his wonders, the last being if his partner will start this cycle over with another woman. Around the same time, the visual shows his partner letting someone in while Le Mans, in another environment, appear defeated.

Speaking PAPER, Mans reveals that she wrote the story a year ago “with a broken heart and a sleepless body” at an Airbnb in Los Angeles. “Creatively, more than ever I want to share queer love stories with the world,” she says. “How they are roughly similar to everyone else and unique in their inability to be found in the larger canon. I want to share with the world how women love each other, how they hold hands, how they bend and all. what they lose. “

She continues, “I don’t want it to be rare that you see black women standing against each other. I don’t want it to be rare that you see me, in depth, with another woman. I hope this poem allows me, and people like me, more “seeing” moments.

Mans recent book, Black girl, call home, was named one of Oprah’s most anticipated LGBTQ books, as well as a must-read by Time. “Cycles” is just a taste of his viral poetry that led to his opening shows for artists like Mos Def and Janelle Monáe, co-hosting Kennedy Center’s Arts Across America series with poet Jason Reynolds, and contributing to the 1619 project.

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