The BreakBeat Poets Book

The BreakBeat Poets


  • Author : Kevin Coval
  • Publisher : Haymarket Books
  • Release Date : 2015-04-07
  • Genre: Poetry
  • Pages : 378
  • ISBN 10 : 9781608463954

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The BreakBeat Poets Excerpt :

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

The Breakbeat Poets Vol  4 Book

The Breakbeat Poets Vol 4


  • Author : Felicia Chavez
  • Publisher : Haymarket Books
  • Release Date : 2020-04-07
  • Genre: Poetry
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 9781642591989

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The Breakbeat Poets Vol 4 Excerpt :

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.

The BreakBeat Poets Vol  2 Book

The BreakBeat Poets Vol 2


  • Author : Jamila Woods
  • Publisher : Haymarket Books
  • Release Date : 2018-03-23
  • Genre: Poetry
  • Pages : 264
  • ISBN 10 : 9781608468706

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The BreakBeat Poets Vol 2 Excerpt :

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

Lineage of Rain Book

Lineage of Rain


  • Author : Janel Pineda
  • Publisher : Haymarket Books
  • Release Date : 2020-12-01
  • Genre: Poetry
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 9781642595284

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Lineage of Rain Excerpt :

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.

Wild Hundreds Book

Wild Hundreds


  • Author : Nate Marshall
  • Publisher : University of Pittsburgh Press
  • Release Date : 2015-09-10
  • Genre: Poetry
  • Pages : 80
  • ISBN 10 : 9780822981084

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Wild Hundreds Excerpt :

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.

Can I Kick It  Book

Can I Kick It


  • Author : Idris Goodwin
  • Publisher : Haymarket Books
  • Release Date : 2019-10-01
  • Genre: Poetry
  • Pages : 64
  • ISBN 10 : 9781642590845

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Can I Kick It Excerpt :

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

Citizen Illegal Book
Score: 4
From 2 Ratings

Citizen Illegal


  • Author : José Olivarez
  • Publisher : Haymarket Books
  • Release Date : 2018-09-04
  • Genre: Poetry
  • Pages : 83
  • ISBN 10 : 9781608469550

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Citizen Illegal Excerpt :

“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

Halal If You Hear Me Book

Halal If You Hear Me


  • Author : Fatimah Asghar
  • Publisher : Breakbeat Poets
  • Release Date : 2019-04-30
  • Genre: Poetry
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 1608466086

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Halal If You Hear Me Excerpt :

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

The BreakBeat Poets Vol  3 Book

The BreakBeat Poets Vol 3


  • Author : Fatimah Asghar
  • Publisher : Haymarket Books
  • Release Date : 2019-04-16
  • Genre: Poetry
  • Pages : 259
  • ISBN 10 : 9781608466061

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The BreakBeat Poets Vol 3 Excerpt :

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.

Build Yourself a Boat Book

Build Yourself a Boat


  • Author : Camonghne Felix
  • Publisher : Haymarket Books
  • Release Date : 2019-04-23
  • Genre: Poetry
  • Pages : 73
  • ISBN 10 : 9781608466146

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Build Yourself a Boat Excerpt :

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

Black Queer Hoe Book

Black Queer Hoe


  • Author : Britteney Black Rose Kapri
  • Publisher : Haymarket Books
  • Release Date : 2018-10-02
  • Genre: Poetry
  • Pages : 72
  • ISBN 10 : 9781608469536

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Black Queer Hoe Excerpt :

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

Finna Book

Finna


  • Author : Nate Marshall
  • Publisher : One World
  • Release Date : 2020-08-11
  • Genre: Poetry
  • Pages : 130
  • ISBN 10 : 9780593132463

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Finna Excerpt :

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.

Everything Must Go Book
Score: 5
From 1 Ratings

Everything Must Go


  • Author : Kevin Coval
  • Publisher : Haymarket Books
  • Release Date : 2019-10-01
  • Genre: Poetry
  • Pages : 112
  • ISBN 10 : 9781642590838

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Everything Must Go Excerpt :

A unique artistic tribute to a Chicago neighborhood lost to gentrification: “Kevin Coval made me understand what it is to be a poet” (Chance the Rapper, Grammy winner and activist). Everything Must Go is an illustrated collection of poems in the spirit of a graphic novel, a collaboration between poet Kevin Coval and illustrator Langston Allston. The book celebrates Chicago’s Wicker Park in the late 1990s, Coval’s home as a young artist, the ancestral neighborhood of his forebears, and a vibrant enclave populated by colorful characters. Allston’s illustrations honor the neighborhood as it once was, before gentrification remade it. The book excavates and mourns that which has been lost in transition and serves as a template for understanding the process of displacement and reinvention currently reshaping American cities. “Chicago’s unofficial poet laureate.” —NPR

Milagro Book

Milagro


  • Author : Penelope Alegria
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2020-09
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 42
  • ISBN 10 : 1642595225

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Milagro Excerpt :

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.

Too Much Midnight Book

Too Much Midnight


  • Author : Krista Franklin
  • Publisher : Breakbeat Poets
  • Release Date : 2020-04-07
  • Genre: Art
  • Pages : 120
  • ISBN 10 : 1642591300

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Too Much Midnight Excerpt :

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.