Reviews
  • “Jasmine… A sweet darling friend that I’ve got to know. Born with independent thinking, courage, kindness, love and care which she doesn’t hesitate to give to those who yearn for it. Blooming flower that makes the sun happy to shine every morning.” - Abirami Shavani, Doctor
  • “Jasmine Kang is a creative, talented, and focused poet. Her poems, stories, artwork, and photography are very uplifting. She focuses on waking up our feelings and reminds everyone of the beauty that surrounds us. Through poetry and prose, Jasmine Kang teaches humanity what we should appreciate in life’s purpose.” - Ana Monnar, Author of Express Yourself 101
  • “You know you’ve reached across the barriers when a small, but shining ray of light breathes “satyam, shivam aur sundaram” (truth, goodness and beauty)…

There is no ‘long road to travel’ when a satellite of India writes to you of experience, hope and of a life being lived in the way of love…” - Katie Muffet, Artist

  • “Her words are an array of everlasting motion for the mind, spirit and soul.” - Rhonda Harris, Author of Flowers Bloom in the Moonlight
  • “I have read some of Jasmine’s poems and let me tell you they are fantastic!  Jasmine is also very good at drawing and photography.” Shannon McGee, Writer
  • “Jasmine Kang writes with a delicate, youthful and joyous observation of life. It is bound to bring a new awareness to our own views of how life goes on around us. Read her poems and lines of thought and pick up a lighter shade of thinking.” - Stephen Knapp, Author of Books on Vedic Culture, Eastern Philosophy and Spirituality
  • “Excellent, Superb, Fantastic! Jasmine’s work is inspirational, straight-from-the-heart, and yet simple. It makes you realize that indeed life is beautiful.” - Sunny Moza, Actor/RJ/MC/Standup
  • “Jasmine Kang takes us on a journey with her poetry of life. Too often we are so caught up in the act of existing that we forget what it means to live. Through her words we take the time to move away from “if only” to realize what “is”. Her poetry sings the song that life is around us and we need to take the time to recognize what it means to really live.” - Tom Worthen, Editor of Creative Communication
  • “Jasmine’s art in both words and drawings is filled with such beauty that comes straight from her heart.” - Wendy Agbulos, Photographer

From the Journey of the Heart Women’s Spiritual Poetry Group -

  • “Beautiful, lovely poem, Jasmine. Feeling the beauty of God’s presence in all things we take into our senses–what a gift!”

“Such an illuminating poem…who we are, and how we have the choice, with what eyes do we view it with?

I love the stanza:

There is such a place illuminated
By millions of suns and moons.
Such a place exists and that place is of the heart
Vast as the heavens and as deep as the sea
Where you remain the same, enclosed in this temple of life.”

“Oh, what a wonderful poem embracing beauty in all its splendor and color, Jasmine.”

“Lovely and touching poem.”

“Thank you for your lovely poem to remind us of the light of the present moment.” - Maureen Meshenberg, Author of Seasons of the Soul

About the Chapbook River of Light -

  • “Jasmine’s words are so pure and beautiful. I can’t describe how eloquently she paints a picture in your mind and really touches your heart.

I kept the book by my bedside so I could read it before going to bed. If you have a rough day at work, it will surely put your mind at peace and even put a smile on your face! Her words will take you to a different place where your mind is not cluttered with the logistics of life that you constantly think about. It’s like yoga for the soul.

Thank you, Jasmine!” - Aiko Tanaka, Interior Designer/Architect

  • “River of Light is a lovely book with some lovely poems.” - Parag Sankhe, Film Producer/Editor
  • “The book really reminds you of what’s truly important in life.” - Wendy Agbulos, Photographer
  • “Jasmine is a profound writer. Her poetry is beautiful. Her book is a precious jewel. There are not many words to describe just how great it is. I’m so blessed to have bought her book. I hope she continues to be published. The world needs her writings. Her poetry is different from others. It’s refreshing like an everlasting spring!” - Bianca Alabaster, Writer
  • “Jasmine’s writing is the essence of deep joy in every moment of life. Her poems are peaceful meditations that take you to a beautiful oasis when all your life you’ve been in a desert. She is a breath of cool, fresh air to my soul and a blessing to my heart. I love her book and look forward to more poetry flowing from her heart to pen, to page and into hearts again. She is very talented, and you will love her poetry.” - Bianca Alabaster, Writer
  • “River of Light allows readers to pursue their inner self and how this inner self is connected to the reality around them. It is a book that shows beauty and sensitivity. As the author’s first chapbook, everything she has learned by searching her inner self and the world around her, writing her findings poetically, submitting poems to publishers and seeing them in print has come to full realization. As editor of theEclectics series of Creative With Words Publications, I encourage lovers of poetry to read River of Light and enjoy the depth with which the author has approached the many poetic themes in her writing.” - Brigitta Geltrich, Editor of Creative With Words
  • “Are these verse offerings Bhakti hymns, Romantic nature poems or just the hybrid musings of a multifaceted young mind? Have they come from plumbing eternity or from staring into the here and now? Can I ever know the answer?

Does Jasmine speak to us of the divine as seen through nature and human feelings or, conversely, of the suchness of each natural event or human moment itself?

Is she inspired by the so-called “God within” or by a purely human spirit?

Are her musings about love mainly metaphorical, as with India’s Bhakti poets or those who penned the Book of Songs, using human romantic language to signify love for the divine? Or are her musings simply about love for its own sake, about human love?

She never tips her hand. One finds neither a secular survey of life’s splendor nor a theological assessment of the world, mired in God talk. The reader can find either–or neither–depending on the perspective s/he brings to the reading. Poetic ambiguity abounds.

One who loves the divine will see the theological imagination in her poems. One who loves nature will find in them a passion for every part of Mother Nature’s wondrous body. One who loves Jasmine will sniff her sweet scent on every page and drink deeply of the flowered tea she has poured out for us to drink.” - Christian Jochim, Author of Chinese Religions: A Cultural Perspective in the Prentice-Hall Series in World Religions

  • “A beautifully simple book that shows one of the wonder around us and within us.” - Jaspreet Gill, Radiologic Technologist
  • “This is a thin book. It is a book of poetry. The poetry deals with themes of love. So, you might say, what’s new? Isn’t that what most poetry does?This one uses imagery from nature. Many poems use flowers as part of that imagery. And this isn’t the imagery on the order of “Roses are red, / Violets are blue. / If you love me, / I’ll love you, too.”

I actually enjoyed reading many of these poems. In a sense they reminded me of the Song of Solomon, another book of poetry about love that uses a fair number of images from nature. At the back of the book Jasmine includes some pencil drawings. These were well drawn.

This is a good book to buy as a gift for that someone special for Valentine’s Day or any other special day.” - John L. Hoh, Jr, Editor/Writer

  • “River of Light is truly an ocean of wisdom through the eyes of an exceptional writer. Jasmine’s words provide the reader with a vivid imagination to dream life into reality. Her self-evident writing style and beautifully crafted artwork will fill the reader with a vision of her simplistic beauty. This book of wisdom and splendid art will remain a priceless gem that Jasmine has bestowed upon the world to read and believe. This River of Light sings forth a song of praise and strength throughout our beautiful days.” - Mary Battle, Author of Poetry Books
  • “River of Light by Jasmine Kang is an ode to a painted beauty called “life”. Even in the face of despair the poet teaches us to not lose sight that despair and sorrow are only a small part of the richness we call life. Jasmine refuses to see life apart from the activity of art, just as art and the artist are inseparable. Whatever the artist creates she’s recreating her relationship with her surroundings within the realm of oneness. While articulating such complex ideas the poet reminds herself and the artist in her readers that whatever we are, whatever we create it is still within the larger realm of Being. Her sense of humility cannot be more direct, beautiful and profound when she says ‘Remember, you are just a drop of the Sea’. By keeping this connection in mind, the despair and sorrow we may dwell on, is not larger than the rest of humanity of which we are only a small part. The rest is life. Jasmine Kang has made a delicious feast out of life for the readers’ eyes.” - Moazzam Sheikh, Author of A Letter from India 
  • “The writings in the book are simple and creative. A must for all poetry lovers!” - Sunny Moza, Actor/RJ/MC/Standup
  • “Jasmine Kang’s book, River of Light, reflects nature, the beauty of life, love, and devotion. The description of nature in her poems is very beautiful and vivid. It inspires the reader to think of the Creator. Jasmine has a profound message in her poems. She tells us that we do not have to search for fulfillment outside in the world–we have it in our hearts. We have to open to our inner Self to experience it. That moment will be the best in our lives. I highly recommend this book.” - Usha Srivastava, Author of Shraddhanjali: An Offering of Reverence

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