- Publisher: Woods, Wade, & Co.
- Available in: ebook and print
A New Place:
Essays & Poems
A New Place is a collection of personal essays and poems that plumb the themes of identity: black, queer, spiritual through and through. And don’t forget the nerdy as well. Jaymes offers an honest, and at times beautiful, account of what it is like to be on a journey toward wholeness in a world seemingly built for ruin.
There are stories about being a closeted gay kid in catholic school, losing his brother to gun violence as a preteen, discovering a love for literature through the work of Toni Morrison and the adventures of Harry Potter, and finding a sense of peace through Yoga Teacher Training after the death of his mother and leaving a job in tech. A New Place is at times a snapshot of healing in motion.
As he says in the foreword, “Time marches forward incessantly, and nearly every week incessant images of black men and women in extremis, gay boys, lesbian girls, our transgendered brothers and sisters are routinely put into the palms of our hands, into our very backpacks and purses. I felt that it was time to comment on this pain, to process my own, especially through the lens of spirituality and even mysticism. That is what this project became.”
In lyrical prose and heartrending poetry, Jaymes is intent on asking big questions and taking readers on a journey in fragments through the eyes, memories, and the art of a sensitive black man.