Good Reads. ‘The Breakbeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop.’

Breakbeat Poets

Edited by Kevin Coval, Quraysh Ali Lansana, and Nate Marshall, with cover art by Hebru Brantley, The Breakbeat Poets features the works of 80 contemporary poets.

Hip-Hop is the largest youth culture in the history of the planet rock.

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. This is the first poetry anthology by and for the Hip-Hop generation. It 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 will be available on April 7, but it is currently available for pre-order at Haymarket Books.