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Beastgirl and Other Origin Myths

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The first title in the BLUE NOTE EDITION Chapbook Series.
Paperback, 42 pages
Published October 15th 2016 by YesYes Books
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Robin
Dec 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
I absolutely loved the combination of origin stories and modern, personal stories. What a beautiful collection.
Tallulah
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Beastgirl:
Elizabeth Acevedo,

Beastgirl by Elizabeth Acevedo is a phenomenal poetry book. This book is more about real world problems and things that people do that are shameful the reality of the world.

I personally did not understand all of the poems I think that the concepts were more for adults than for children. The poems imagery was really good and that made me understand more of what was going on in each poem. The poems weren’t all part of the same story they were almost completely differen
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Kelsey  May
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
This 32-page edition from YesYes Books‘ Vinyl 45 Series is a quick read but demands an almost-immediate re-read, with many lingering tales of superstitions and personal anecdotes. Many pieces paint a beautiful homage to Acevedo’s Dominican ancestry and cultural traditions, with a little imagination sprinkled in. Poems that explore Trujillo, La Ciguapa, and brujeria mingle with pieces that take on a more personal note, from her family’s immigration to her own body. One of my favorite themes of Be ...more
Will
Dec 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Elizabeth Acevedo's chapbook is a lovely and encapsulating collection of poems. They are powerful sometimes sweet, sometimes morose. They go back and forth between Dominican folklore and experiences in today's America. I especially admired Acevedo's reflections on Afrolatinx identity. My favorite poems were "Beloved" and "For the Poet Who Told Me Rats Aren't Noble Enough Creatures for a Poem."
Abbie
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a short but powerful collection reflecting deep into what it means to be Afro-latinx and the experiences that go along with that. I haven’t met a poem by Elizabeth Acevedo that I don’t love and these are no exception.
Crystal
Worthwhile coming-of-age collection, the highlights being the poem(s) regarding or alluding to rape culture, growing up being Dominican-American, and the rich intermingled poems on Dominican culture, superstitions, and mythologies.
Jennifer
Oct 24, 2018 rated it liked it
I like Acevedo's poetry. My favorite poem in this book is called 'For the Poet Who Told Me Rats Aren't Noble Enough Creatures for a Poem'.
Isabel
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Elizabeth Acevedo’s poetry is magic.
Anaika
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
Melanie
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Afro-latinx poetry lovers
short poetry collection with a punch! My favorite poems: "Brother Myth"; "It Almost Curdles My Womb Dry"; and "For the Poet Who Told Me Rats Aren't Noble Enough Creatures for a Poem." That last one is my overall favorite, made me cry. The cover for this little book is amazing!
Chaneli
Oct 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
I really liked the mythical elements, the infusion of Dominican culture, the weaving of Spanish and discussions on la isla y Trujillo, aspects of Dominican history. I'm excited for Acevedo's full length collection
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ELIZABETH ACEVEDO is the youngest child and only daughter of Dominican immigrants. She holds a BA in Performing Arts from the George Washington University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Maryland. With over fourteen years of performance poetry experience, Acevedo is a National Poetry Slam Champion, Cave Canem Fellow, CantoMundo Fellow, and participant of the Callaloo Writer's ...more