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Jasmine’s writing is a questioning of aesthetics. What does it mean to write ugliness? And, if one writes ugliness, linguistically or semantically, is it another way of writing beauty? With these questions as her methodological framework, Jasmine’s writing explores familial roots, intergenerational trauma, mental health, and African American consciousness in a poetic voice that is often as playful and irreverent as it is cutting and somber. The working title of her manuscript for her M.F.A. thesis is Ancient Time-Telling Devices.