The breakbeat poets : new American poetry in the age of hip-hop

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Hip-Hop is the largest youth culture in the history of the planet rock. This is the first poetry anthology by and for the Hip-Hop generation.

It has produced generations of artists who have revolutionized their genre(s) by applying the aesthetic innovations of the culture. The BreakBeat Poets features 78 poets, born somewhere between 1961-1999, All-City and Coast-to-Coast, who are creating the next and now movement(s) in American letters.

The BreakBeat Poets is for people who love Hip-Hop, for fans of the culture, for people who've never read a poem, for people who thought poems were only something done by dead white dudes who got lost in a forest, and for poetry heads. This anthology is meant to expand the idea of who a poet is and what a poem is for.

The BreakBeat Poets are the scribes recording and remixing a fuller spectrum of experience of what it means to be alive in this moment. The BreakBeat Poets are a break with the past and an honoring of the tradition(s), an undeniable body expanding the canon for the fresher.

An (i)witness say he still had the mike in his hand / Randall Horton
Turning the tables ; Wednesday poem / Joel Dias-Porter aka DJ Renegade
An excerpt from Crank shaped notes / Thomas Sayers Ellis
Mascot ; Crack house ; Seventy-first & King Drive / Quraysh Ali Lansana
Duck, duck, redux ; Post-white / Evie Shockley
Everything you wanted to know about hip hop but were afraid to be hipped for fear of being hopped ; The keepin' it real awards / Tony Medina
Shit to write about ; Word to everything I love ; Writing about what you know / Willie Perdomo
Agate / Mario
Honorific or black boy to black boy ; Fast, how I knew ; In defense of the code-switch or why you talk like that or why you gotta always be cussing / Roger Bonair-Agard
Shine (for Joe Bataan) ; All night / Lynne Procope
B-boy infinitives ; Kundiman ending on a theme from T La Rock ; A note to Thomas Alva ; Ode to the Cee-Lo players / Patrick Rosal
Untitled / Tracie Morris
America's pastime / Jason Carney
Who you callin' a jynx? (after mista popo) ; Damn right it's betta than yours ; Gamin' gabby / LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs
Hood / Mitchell L.H. Douglas
Manifesto, or ars poetica #2 ; Preface to a twenty volume homicide note / Krista Franklin
Beat boxing ; Robot music / Adrian Matejka
Mic check, 1-2 / Jessica Care Moore
Ode to the crossfader ; 1989 ; Renegades of funk / John Murillo
Stitches ; Pull down the earth ; This is a test / Francine J. Harris
How to get over (senior to freshman) ; How to get over (for my niggas) ; How to get over (for Kanye) / T'ai Freedom Ford
Break (rebirth) ; Break (sister) ; Break (embargo) / Suheir Hammad
The world tells how the world ends ; Object / Marty McConnell
Bronx bombers ; What I saw was not your funeral ; At my best / John Rodriguez
Paper bag poems ; Global warming blues ; Sunday ; Possible (for Amiri Baraka) / Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie
Hip hop analogies ; Switch / Tara Betts
From All convulsions / Paolo Javier
Quantum spit ; No homo ; Drop it like it's hottentot Venus / Douglas Kearney
A prayer fo mama Brenda Matthews (warrior brew) ; After an artis(t) talk / Avery R. Young
The future / Lemon Andersen
The message ; Astronomy (8th light) / Michael Cirelli
The crossover ; Jewtown ; Molemen beat tapes ; White on the block / Kevin Coval
Motherland / Jericho Brown
When 12 play was on repeat ; Upon viewing the death of Basquiat ; Nameless / Mahogany L. Browne
Elegy in gold ; Break / Aracelis Girmay
Say my name ; Old ladies and dope boys ; These are the breaks / Idris Goodwin
Corners / Enzo Silon Surin
It's just begun / Mayda Del Valle
Ciphers pt. 1 ; Vigil pt. 1 / Denizen Kane
I have a drone / Paul Martinez Pompa
Crews ; Slang ; O.P.P. / Kyle Dargan
100 bells ; Nocturne in need of a bitch ; Blossoms in the dark ; Self-portrait as slinky / Tarfia Faizullah
Elegy for a Trojan ; Ode to a star fig ; Ode to gentrification ; Ode to a killer whale / Samantha Thornhill
Harbor / Aleshea Harris
Evolution of my block ; Evolution of my profile ; GTA : Sandreas (or, "Grove Street, bitch!") / Jacob Saenz
Bint Ibrahim / Nadia Sulayman
Ha ha hum ; Adventures / Sarah Blake
If you don't know / Adam Falkner
Small poems for big / Chinaka Hodge
Stakes is high ; When I'm alone in my room sometimes I stare at the wall, and in the back of my mind I hear my conscience call ; Ars poetica in the mode of J-live Bonita Applebum / Marcus Wicker
Self portrait with gunshot vernacular ; Self portrait from the other side ; Thaumaturgy / Michael Mlekoday
A remix for remembrance ; Stockholm syndrome / Kristiana Colón
To the notebook kid / Eve Ewing
In search of black birds / Ciara Miller
Let me handle my business, damn / Morgan Parker
When asked about my hometown : an admission ; When asked about my hometown : an anecdote ; Love letter to Zack, the black power ranger / Joshua Bennett
When I put my hands in the air it's praise / Alysia Nicole Harris
Winthrop Ave. ; We house : after Krista Franklin's definition of funk / Britteney Black Rose Kapri
Legend ; Ghazal for my sister ; Conspiracy : a suite ; Gravity / Angel Nafis
Ode to the first white girl I ever loved ; Home court / José Olivarez
No country for black boys / Joy Priest
Always & forever ; Self-portrait as exit wounds ; Prayer for the newly damned ; Daily bread / Ocean Vuong
When Tip Drill comes on at the frat party or, when refusing to twerk is a radical form of self-love ; Unemployment ; Pluto shits on the universe / Fatimah Asghar
Pussy monster ; Impulse buy / Franny Choi
On caskets ; Prelude ; Picking flowers; Juke / Nate Marshall
Broken ghazal in the voice of my brother Jacob / Aaron Samuels
Cue the gangsta rap when my knees bend ; Twerk (v.) ; Dinosaurs in the hood ; Dear white America / Danez Smith
Defense ; Blk girl art ; Deep in the homeroom of doom ; Daddy dozens / Jamila Woods
What the eyes saw / Benjamin Alfara
A suite for Ol' Dirty / Safia Elhillo
Juicy (an erasure) / Aziza Barnes
Badu interviews Lamar (an erasure) ; Police / Camonghne Felix
Beat writers / Steven Willis
Four elements of ghostdance / Reed Bobroff
Grand slam / Malcolm London
This, here / Kush Thompson
My niece's hip-hop / E'mon McGee
Murder is my name / Angel Pantoja
Lesson one / Nile Lansana and Onam Lansana
Ars poeticas & essays. Art, artifice, & artifact / Quraysh Ali Lansana
Artist statement / T'ai Freedom Ford
Artist statement / Michael Mlekoday
Artist statement / Douglas Kearney
Artist statement / Angel Nafis
A locus of control and the erasure / Aziza Barnes
Life is good : how hip hop channels duende / Tara Betts
Journeying to the break : the cost of the pilgrimage / Roger Bonair-Agard
The art of the mistake : some notes on breaking as making / Patrick Rosal
Blueprint for breakbeat writing / Nate Marshall.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Chicago poet Coval (Schtick, 2013), the founder of the largest teen poetry slam in the country, Louder than A Bomb, teams up with fellow Chicago hip-hop aficionados and poets Quraysh Ali Lansana (The Walmart Republic, 2014) and Nate Marshall to create the first definitive anthology of poems by poets who fuse together the aesthetic of hip-hop and the style of slam poetry with the written-word tradition. Coval and company have even coined a term to describe this group of more than 70 poets born between 1961 and 1999, The BreakBeat Poets. With a strong belief in social change through the arts, the editors trace the evolution of poetry in hip-hop culture and present multi-literate hip-hop centric voices that capture the vernacular of the times. Even as they attempt to narrow and define this vital genre, the refreshing plurality and range of the contributors expands the very concept of BreakBeat. Here are mainstays Tara Betts, Marty McConnell, Willie Perdomo, and Samantha Thornhill as well as newcomers Malcolm London, Ocean Vuong, and Jamila Woods, all powering this dynamic, groundbreaking, genre-merging volume.--Eleveld, Mark Copyright 2015 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Hip-hop -- Influence -- Poetry.
Hip-hop -- Poetry.
American poetry -- 21st century.
American poetry -- African American authors.
Publisher Chicago, IL :Haymarket Books,2015
Other Titles Break beat poets
Contributors Coval, Kevin, editor.
Lansana, Quraysh Ali, editor.
Marshall, Nate, editor.
Language English
Description xxii, 350 pages ; 23 cm
ISBN 9781608463954
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