Jasmine Fractals: Poems of Urban India
poems and photographs by Sheri Vandermolen
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Sheri Vandermolen brings India into vibrant focus with her evocative imagery, rich narration, and sharp wit, inviting the reader to join her in an engaging exploration of the Indian subcontinent. The volume’s forty-five poems and accompanying photographs span experiences as commonplace as trips to the local city market and as distinct as a visit to Allahabad for the 2013 Maha Kumbh Mela, considered the world’s largest single-event gathering of humanity, with thirty million people in attendance on the most auspicious bathing day. Dynamic and nimble, Jasmine Fractals pivots through the jostling contrasts of urban India.
PHOTOGRAPHY / Subjects & Themes / Street Photography
POETRY / Subjects & Themes / Places
TRAVEL / Asia / India & South Asia
ISBN: 978-1-941830-68-0 (print; softcover; perfect bound)
ISBN: 978-1-941830-69-7 (digital)
108 pages; 105 images
Sheri Vandermolen began writing poetry in September 2013 and has since had her verse and photos published in over thirty international literary journals. In 2016, she was a featured poet in Contemporary American Voices and a featured photographer / writer in Cargo Literary. Her images have appeared on five book covers and the cover of the literary magazine Eastlit, and her work is comprised in the anthology Veils, Halos and Shackles: International Poetry on the Oppression and Empowerment of Women, edited by Dr. Charles Adès Fishman and Smita Sahay (Kasva Press, 2016).
Vandermolen graduated summa cum laude in 1990, from the University of Missouri – Columbia, and went on to serve at Time Being Books (St. Louis, Missouri) for over two decades, including nine years as the company’s archivist and managing editor and seventeen as editor in chief. After relocating to Bangalore, India, in 2008, she began exploring the subcontinent extensively via her camera and pen, generating this volume’s forty-five poems from experiences as commonplace as her trips to the local city market and as distinct as her visit to the 2013 Maha Kumbh Mela, in Allahabad, considered the world’s largest single-event gathering of humanity, with thirty million people in attendance on the most auspicious bathing day.
Vandermolen repatriated in 2014, and she and her husband now reside in California, where she pursues freelance writing, editing, and photography.
Sheri Vandermolen is one of the very best editors this country has; her knowledge of, and love for, other cultures is compelling; her writing skills have been honed to a fine edge.
—Dr. Charles Adès Fishman, Emeritus Distinguished Service Professor, State University of New York, and Poetry Editor, PRISM: An Interdisciplinary Journal for Holocaust Education
I am an admirer of Sheri Vandermolen's considerable talent as a poet. In my experience the best editors are those who also write themselves. Sheri's abilities—her creativity, respect for language, discipline, and dedicatio— are qualities she exhibits in Jasmine Fractals and all her work.
—Dr. Robert W. Hamblin, Professor Emeritus of English and Founding Director, Center for Faulkner Studies, Southeast Missouri State University
The stories . . . relate to communication—the simple and elaborate ways we share our ideas and feelings, . . . in which abstract art blooms across boundaries of space and sensory perception.
—Laura Garrison, Editor, Jersey Devil Press
Perfect . . . the poetry is wonderful, as are the photographs.
—Lisa Zaran, Editor, Contemporary American Voices
Poetry . . . which uses an intriguing mixture of visuals and minimalism.
—Ada Fetters, Editor, Commonline Journal
There is a rawness . . . an internal conflict that pushes against the layer of description. . . . A marvelous job!
—Hera Naguib, Poetry Editor, Papercuts