Young Dominican publishes first e-book of poetry

The publication is JohnRose's first work
The publication is JohnRose’s first work

The words paint a telling and compelling image of the internal conflict between good and evil. It’s there in every syllable, every word, every line, every verse.

“And ahead of My teachings in the face of a leer, I recognised solace in the deer gaze of fear.”

Pink Snowflakes, the debut e-book of Dominican Mario (Maz) JohnRose, takes you on an enthralling journey of depression, deception and the demons within, and eventually from the enveloping darkness into everlasting light.

“I sail with stars across the firmament of dreams, To a holy white garden, mystic and clean,” he writes in the final poem entitled, Amen. “Now I dance with the angels, I drink from the clouds, My bliss is endless, paradise abounds, Desires fulfilled, freedom of will, Freshness of spirit, rebirth of soul, never-ending, Life everlasting, fantastic, Amen.”

The cover of the publication
The cover of the publication

Pink Snowflakes – a series of poems – is a commentary on people and “the imprints we make on other people, on ourselves, and on the world around us,” says the young JohnRose, who lives and studies in Kunming, China.

The poems, which he began writing in 2008, were inspired by his “rather abrupt” move from Barbados to China in 2007, shortly before his 18th birthday.

“My mind was a blur, experiencing new things on the other side of the world. In those first months in China it was indescribable, a vastly different way of life, a colourful mix of people, but somehow mentally I was still at home in the Caribbean. During my time I’ve travelled extensively around China and discovered that in spite of the many differences between people, or groups of people, we go through the same experiences, relationships and thought processes, no matter which nationality or social class you are,” he says.

Mario was born in Dominica and attended the Massacre Primary School before moving to Barbados with his parents at age six, after his father, Johnson JohnRose -his mother is Veda Challenger-JohnRose – took up a position there.

He began writing poetry at age 13, while a student at Harrison College in Barbados.

Dabbling with “mostly light-hearted and shallow stanzas” his English teacher encouraged him to write “more meaningful” poetry. He found inspiration and assistance from a classmate, Dario Clarke, who influenced his writing, and has dedicated Pink Snowflakes to Clark. The title is an excerpt from one of Clark’s poems about the dangers of reminiscing.

“As you read Pink Snowflakes from front to back it begins with the matter of the balance of good and evil in oneself, moves on to the balance of the happy and sad in interpersonal relationships, through the acceptance that bad must exist with good, before concluding that, despite this knowledge, it is indeed good to try to be good,” says the young writer.

Mario has already begun writing his second book of poetry, which he describes as “a social commentary of a different kind,” based on China and its nature. He has also started writing two novels.

“I’m meticulously working on them in the hope that I’ll achieve my dream of being the next great Caribbean author, and the greatest after Jean Rhys,” he reveals.

Illustrations for Pink Snowflakes are by Swedish-Chinese artist Sanja Särman.

The Kindle version is available on and, with the pdf version available at

The book is ranked #7 among books on poetry in the Kindle section for Latin America and the Caribbean and #40 overall in the Kindle store.

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  1. April 9, 2015

    Marvelous…so marvelous…Go with God, Mr. Jno. Rose.

  2. ??
    April 9, 2015

    Congrats Mr JohnRsoe! head for the stars.

  3. Erickson Fabien
    April 9, 2015

    Wow! The language is beautiful. It’s truly creative! That’s serious talent!

  4. ATF
    April 9, 2015

    Definitely getting this!

  5. Positively Dominican
    April 9, 2015

    Wow! Im extremely proud!! Another young Dominican soaring like an eagle. More blessing to you young man. Keep believing in yourself and your ability to succeed. All things are possible with God. Never give up! Keep the faith! Be hopeful always!

  6. dt
    April 9, 2015

    That’s some good stuff. Thank youMario Maz JohnRose. May you constantly find the inspiration to persevere.

  7. Realist
    April 8, 2015

    Good job sir! hats off

  8. %
    April 8, 2015

    Congrats young man.

  9. mama
    April 8, 2015

    hmmm what can mama say…it’s always a pleasure to see your children do positive things no matter what field…….and mama is pleased to see what he has done although not surprised…..and with continued God’s blessings and direction mama knows that there are bigger and better things coming……God bless you sonny

  10. amy
    April 8, 2015

    Congrats, keep up the good work

  11. A Doubting Thomas
    April 8, 2015

    I must buy my copy. Congratulations.

  12. LANGLU
    April 8, 2015

    I thought billy johnhope was the first

    • Thats Me
      April 8, 2015

      first of/in what Langlu

  13. Agnes george
    April 8, 2015

    i Applause you and congratulations on your endeavors keep up the good work.

  14. Hilda challenger
    April 8, 2015

    Yes eye

    I’ve read this article over and over again because it gives me a good feeling. I love to see young people,

    especially young men, do and think positively. Go for it my boy. The sky is the limit.

    • Thats Me
      April 8, 2015

      ok Hidox I can see your nose growing….good stuff man…he going places

  15. DD
    April 8, 2015

    Keep up the good work! You will get even better with time as you define yourself. There is a great poet ( anthony anaxagorou ) worth listening to.

  16. believer
    April 8, 2015

    A good step forward young man…keep it up, never give up.
    We are proud of you.

  17. Lawrence Ettienne
    April 8, 2015

    Go for it bro, your gifts and talents might be a rare commodity, however it is fitting in today’s world especially when so many of our youths are giving themselves to nothing more than devices of evil, here you are developing your writing skills be to counted among the greats. I liken you as Derrick Walcott, and Laming, those guys were poets and affected young minds by their deep love for the art. You are counted among the greats, go for it, its within your reach!!!

    • Thats Me
      April 8, 2015

      I love it….good words

  18. Oh Yes
    April 8, 2015

    This is spectacular!

  19. Thats Me
    April 8, 2015

    OMG…too sweet…way to my sonny……pleasing to see a young man stepping up to make a name for himself in a positive way…..all the best and God’s continued blessings on you.

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