The BreakBeat Poets

The BreakBeat Poets
Author: Kevin Coval,Quraysh Lansana,Nate Marshall
Publsiher: Haymarket Books
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2015-04-07
ISBN 10: 1608463958
ISBN 13: 9781608463954
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The BreakBeat Poets Book Review:

A first-of-its-kind anthology of hip-hop poetica written for and by the people.

The BreakBeat Poets Vol 2

The BreakBeat Poets Vol  2
Author: Jamila Woods,Mahogany L. Browne,Idrissa Simmonds
Publsiher: Haymarket Books
Total Pages: 264
Release: 2018-03-23
ISBN 10: 1608468704
ISBN 13: 9781608468706
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The BreakBeat Poets Vol 2 Book Review:

A BreakBeat Poets anthology, Black Girl Magic celebrates and canonizes the words of Black women across the diaspora.

The Breakbeat Poets Vol 4

The Breakbeat Poets Vol  4
Author: Felicia Chavez,José Olivarez,Willie Perdomo
Publsiher: Haymarket Books
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2020-04-07
ISBN 10: 164259198X
ISBN 13: 9781642591989
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Breakbeat Poets Vol 4 Book Review:

In the dynamic tradition of the BreakBeat Poets anthology, The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 4: LatiNEXT celebrates the embodied narratives of Latinidad. Poets speak from an array of nationalities, genders, sexualities, races, and writing styles, staking a claim to our cultural and civic space. Like Hip-Hop, we honor what was, what is, and what's next.

Lineage of Rain

Lineage of Rain
Author: Janel Pineda
Publsiher: Haymarket Books
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2020-12-01
ISBN 10: 1642595284
ISBN 13: 9781642595284
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Lineage of Rain Book Review:

In this spellbinding debut, Los Angeles–born poet Janel Pineda sings of communal love and the diaspora and dreams for a liberated future. Lineage of Rain traces histories of Salvadoran migration and the US-sponsored civil war to reimagine trauma as a site for transformation and healing. With a scholar’s caliber, Pineda archives family memory, crafting a collection that centers intergenerational narratives through poems filled with a yearning to crystallize a new world—one unmarked by patriarchal violence. At their heart, many of these poems are an homage to women: love letters to mothers, sisters, and daughters. Lineage of Rain moves from los campos de El Salvador to the firework-laden streets of South Gate to the riverbanks of England. Pineda’s masterful stroke weaves together these seemingly disparate worlds, illustrating the complicated reality of living as a first-generation student. As the speaker navigates elitism and the violence of the English language, she lays bare their ties to power. And yet, these poems rebel through revel, asking: how do we hold each other tenderly in a world replete with pain and many forms of violence? With dreams made possible through collective struggle, Pineda returns us to the seeds from which we bloom: family, history, and community. All the while, this collection never fails to capture often overlooked moments of joy—the mundane yet monumental—showing the reader that the world we dream is already ours. Through Lineage of Rain, Pineda emerges as a seminal contributor to the canon of Central American diasporic writing.

Can I Kick It

Can I Kick It
Author: Idris Goodwin
Publsiher: Haymarket Books
Total Pages: 64
Release: 2019-10-01
ISBN 10: 1642590843
ISBN 13: 9781642590845
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Can I Kick It Book Review:

Award-winning poet and playwright Idris Goodwin interrogates and remixes our cultural past in order to make sense of our present and potential futures.

Halal If You Hear Me

Halal If You Hear Me
Author: Fatimah Asghar,Safia Elhillo
Publsiher: Breakbeat Poets
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2019-04-30
ISBN 10: 9781608466085
ISBN 13: 1608466086
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Halal If You Hear Me Book Review:

A BreakBeat Poets anthology of writings by Muslims who are women, queer, genderqueer, nonbinary, or trans.

The BreakBeat Poets Vol 3

The BreakBeat Poets Vol  3
Author: Fatimah Asghar,Safia Elhillo
Publsiher: Haymarket Books
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2019-04-16
ISBN 10: 160846606X
ISBN 13: 9781608466061
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The BreakBeat Poets Vol 3 Book Review:

We live in an Islamophobic world, where Muslim people are constantly under attack, and must prove their innocence when they’ve not even committed a crime. We also live in a world of rigid gender roles and gender violence, where women, gender non-conforming and trans people are victims of violence, and have their gender expressions, freedoms, and desires policed. There’s pressure from both Muslims and non-Muslims to fit into severe stereotypes of Muslim identity and the ways in which it is acceptable to be Muslim. The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 3: Halal If You Hear Me is a celebration of intersectional identity that dispels the notion that there is one correct way to be a Muslim, particularly for women, gender non-conforming, and trans people. In holding space for multiple intersecting identities, the anthology celebrates and protects those identities.

Citizen Illegal

Citizen Illegal
Author: José Olivarez
Publsiher: Haymarket Books
Total Pages: 80
Release: 2018-09-04
ISBN 10: 1608469557
ISBN 13: 9781608469550
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Citizen Illegal Book Review:

“Olivarez steps into the ‘inbetween’ standing between Mexico and America in these compelling, emotional poems. Written with humor and sincerity” (Newsweek). Named a Best Book of the Year by Newsweek and NPR. In this “devastating debut” (Publishers Weekly), poet José Olivarez explores the stories, contradictions, joys, and sorrows that embody life in the spaces between Mexico and America. He paints vivid portraits of good kids, bad kids, families clinging to hope, life after the steel mills, gentrifying barrios, and everything in between. Drawing on the rich traditions of Latinx and Chicago writers like Sandra Cisneros and Gwendolyn Brooks, Olivarez creates a home out of life in the in-between. Combining wry humor with potent emotional force, Olivarez takes on complex issues of race, ethnicity, gender, class, and immigration using an everyday language that invites the reader in, with a unique voice that makes him a poet to watch. “The son of Mexican immigrants, Olivarez celebrates his Mexican-American identity and examines how those two sides conflict in a striking collection of poems.” —USA Today

Wild Hundreds

Wild Hundreds
Author: Nate Marshall
Publsiher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Total Pages: 80
Release: 2015-09-10
ISBN 10: 0822981084
ISBN 13: 9780822981084
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Wild Hundreds Book Review:

Winner, 2017 Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award (poetry category) Winner, 2016 BCALA Literary Award (poetry category) Winner of the 2014 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize Finalist, 2015 NAACP Image Awards (poetry category) Wild Hundreds is a long love song to Chicago. The book celebrates the people, culture, and places often left out of the civic discourse and the travel guides. Wild Hundreds is a book that displays the beauty of black survival and mourns the tragedy of black death.

Build Yourself a Boat

Build Yourself a Boat
Author: Camonghne Felix
Publsiher: Haymarket Books
Total Pages: 80
Release: 2019-04-23
ISBN 10: 1608466140
ISBN 13: 9781608466146
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Build Yourself a Boat Book Review:

2019 National Book Award Longlist: “Centering on black, female identity, [this is] an exquisite and thoughtful collection.” —Bustle This is about what grows through the wreckage. This is an anthem of survival and a look at what might come after. A view of what floats and what, ultimately, sustains. A finalist for the PEN Open Book Award, Build Yourself a Boat redefines the language of collective and individual trauma through lyric and memory. “With Build Yourself a Boat, Camonghne Felix heralds a thrillingly new form of storytelling.” —Morgan Parker, author of Magical Negro

Too Much Midnight

Too Much Midnight
Author: Krista Franklin
Publsiher: Breakbeat Poets
Total Pages: 120
Release: 2020-04-07
ISBN 10: 9781642591309
ISBN 13: 1642591300
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Too Much Midnight Book Review:

Krista Franklin draws on Pan African histories, Black Surrealism, Afrofuturism, pop culture, art history, and the historical and present-day micro-to-macro violence inflicted upon Black people and other people of color, working to forge imaginative spaces for radical possibilities and visions of liberation. Featuring 30 poems, 30 artworks, an author statement and an interview,Too Much Midnight chronicles the intersections between art and life, art and writing, the historical and the speculative, cultural and personal identity, the magical and the mundane.

Finna

Finna
Author: Nate Marshall
Publsiher: One World
Total Pages: 128
Release: 2020-08-11
ISBN 10: 0593132459
ISBN 13: 9780593132456
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Finna Book Review:

Sharp, lyrical poems celebrating the Black vernacular—its influence on pop culture, its necessity for familial survival, its rite in storytelling and in creating the safety found only within its intimacy “Terrific . . . illuminates life in this country in a strikingly original way.”—Ron Charles, The Washington Post NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR • The New York Public Library • Tordotcom Definition of finna, created by the author: fin·na /ˈfinə/ contraction: (1) going to; intending to [rooted in African American Vernacular English] (2) eye dialect spelling of “fixing to” (3) Black possibility; Black futurity; Blackness as tomorrow These poems consider the brevity and disposability of Black lives and other oppressed people in our current era of emboldened white supremacy, and the use of the Black vernacular in America’s vast reserve of racial and gendered epithets. Finna explores the erasure of peoples in the American narrative; asks how gendered language can provoke violence; and finally, how the Black vernacular, expands our notions of possibility, giving us a new language of hope: nothing about our people is romantic & it shouldn’t be. our people deserve poetry without meter. we deserve our own jagged rhythm & our own uneven walk towards sun. you make happening happen. we happen to love. this is our greatest action.

Black Queer Hoe

Black Queer Hoe
Author: Britteney Black Rose Kapri
Publsiher: Haymarket Books
Total Pages: 72
Release: 2018-10-02
ISBN 10: 1608469530
ISBN 13: 9781608469536
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Black Queer Hoe Book Review:

From an award-winning and “stunningly talented” writer, reflections on the line between sexual freedom and sexual exploitation (Samantha Irby, New York Times–bestselling author of We Are Never Meeting in Real Life). Women’s sexuality is often used as a weapon against them. In this refreshing, unapologetic debut, award-winning performance poet and playwright Britteney Black Rose Kapri lends her unmistakable voice to fraught questions of identity, sexuality, reclamation, and power in a world that refuses black queer women permission to define their own lives and boundaries. Black Queer Hoe is a powerful intervention into important and ongoing conversations. “In a debut crackling with energy, honesty, and wit, Kapri moves to reclaim elements of language surrounding women’s sexuality, especially that of black women . . . Kapri assails the ways social norms are routinely used to blame girls and women for the moral failures of boys and men. Embracing the intimacy of a confessional and the sting of a viral tweet, Kapri unabashedly celebrates the various facets of her self and refuses to serve as anyone’s martyr.” —Publishers Weekly

I Remember Death By Its Proximity to What I Love

I Remember Death By Its Proximity to What I Love
Author: Mahogany L. Browne
Publsiher: Haymarket Books
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2021-09-14
ISBN 10: 1642596469
ISBN 13: 9781642596465
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

I Remember Death By Its Proximity to What I Love Book Review:

The long form poem is a practice of poetics in joy, gratitude, sadness, resilience and pain. This literary work serves as a practice of self-reflection and accountability in the wake of the prison system. This poem is dirge work acknowledging unjust atrocities, but reveling in our human resilience.

A People s History of Chicago

A People s History of Chicago
Author: Kevin Coval
Publsiher: Breakbeat Poets
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2017-03-28
ISBN 10: 9781608466719
ISBN 13: 160846671X
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A People s History of Chicago Book Review:

Named "Best Chicago Poet" by The Chicago Reader, Kevin Coval channels Howard Zinn to celebrate the Windy City's hidden history.

Milagro

Milagro
Author: Penelope Alegria
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 42
Release: 2020-09
ISBN 10: 9781642595222
ISBN 13: 1642595225
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Milagro Book Review:

Penelope Alegria's Milagro is a retracing of parental lineage, a recount of the stories that course through the veins of family. The collection examines the effects of immigration from the perspective of both the immigrant and the immigrant's child, investigating how the act of leaving reverbrates through generations. These poems echoe with fondness and longing, with love and sacrifice that reflects the first-generation American's struggle to belong. Alegria writes about uncles, Peruvian cuisine and first boyfriends to show how what immigrants choose to leave behind is often what their children carry with them.

1989 The Number

1989  The Number
Author: Kevin Coval,Nate Marshall
Publsiher: Haymarket Books
Total Pages: 23
Release: 2016-04-02
ISBN 10: 1608467449
ISBN 13: 9781608467440
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

1989 The Number Book Review:

1989, the number is an exploration of the year 1989 through politics, personal history and culture. This chapbook plays like a mixtape incorporating the hottest records and stories of 89 and reflecting their relevance for today.

Doppelgangbanger

Doppelgangbanger
Author: Cortney Lamar Charleston
Publsiher: Haymarket Books
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2021-02-02
ISBN 10: 164259427X
ISBN 13: 9781642594270
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Doppelgangbanger Book Review:

Dopplegangbanger, rendered as the A- and B-sides of an album of poems, re-imagines and remixes American politics of the 90s, the Obama era, and today via a hip-hop blerd's investigation of a hi/lo culture of American crime.

If God Is a Virus

If God Is a Virus
Author: Seema Yasmin
Publsiher: Haymarket Books
Total Pages: 80
Release: 2021-04-06
ISBN 10: 1642594806
ISBN 13: 9781642594805
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

If God Is a Virus Book Review:

Based on original reporting from West Africa and the United States, and the poet 's experiences as a doctor and journalist, If God Is A Virus charts the course of the largest and deadliest Ebola epidemic in history, telling the stories of Ebola survivors, outbreak responders, journalists and the virus itself. Documentary poems explore which human lives are valued, how editorial decisions are weighed, what role the aid industrial complex plays in crises, and how medical myths and rumor can travel faster than microbes. These poems also give voice to the virus. Eight percent of the human genome is inherited from viruses and the human placenta would not exist without a gene descended from a virus. If God Is A Virus reimagines viruses as givers of life and even authors of a viral-human self-help book.

This Is Modern Art

This Is Modern Art
Author: Kevin Coval,Idris Goodwin
Publsiher: Haymarket Books
Total Pages: 67
Release: 2016-09-19
ISBN 10: 1608466639
ISBN 13: 9781608466634
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

This Is Modern Art Book Review:

Graffiti crews are willing to risk anything for their art. Called vandals, criminals, even creative terrorists, graffiti artists set out to make their voices heard and alter the way people view the world. But when one crew finishes the biggest graffiti bomb of their careers, the consequences get serious and spark a public debate asking, "Where does art belong?" Kevin Coval is the author of Schtick, L-vis Lives, the American Library Association "Book of the Year" Finalist Slingshots: A Hip-Hop Poetica, and an editor of The BreakBeat Poets. Idris Goodwin is a playwright, spoken-word performer, and essayist recognized across mediums by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, and the Mellon Foundation.