Book review of “The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 4: LatiNext”

In this fourth poetry anthology by the BreakBeat Poets – edited by Felicia Rose Chavez, José Olivarez and Willie Perdomo – Latinx poets are showcased. The topics of the poems vary like the poets’ unique Latinx experiences. Throughout the collection, poets express themselves from an array of nationalities, genders and sexualities. 

Using lyrical words and vivid imagery, this anthology contains poems that speak to the reader’s heart – creating a well-curated range of form and free verse. The poets featured in this volume redefine poetry as an act of resistance to the traditional ways of looking at stanzas, patriarchy and identity. 

Feminism, queerness, Blackness and language are celebrated; each poem is a powerful and provocative story. Taking a glimpse into the thoughts and feelings of the Latinx poets, this work of art is refreshing, progressive and broadens the reader’s perspective. 

This treasure trove of Latinx poetry highlights the multigenerational narratives of Latinidad. Chronicling the joys, struggles and traditions of Latinx identity, the pages are bursting with music, memories, and community. Gentrification and colonialism are examined as key themes, while language is used to reshape the world. A beautiful mixture of English and Spanish, this anthology is a valuable addition to a reader’s bookshelf. 

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