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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. An incredible book Each poem was rife with amazing description and themes that felt personal and culturally informed It was beautiful, to experience these poems, and to be able to gain insight into Acevedo s mind and how it works My favorite poem was the one about Dominican superstitions and how they differ from American superstitions This is a fantastic compilation of poetry, and if you liked The Poet X, you absolutely cannot miss out on this.Review cross listed here Best Book, Beastgirl And Other Origin Myths Author Elizabeth Acevedo This Is Very Good And Becomes The Main Topic To Read, The Readers Are Very Takjup And Always Take Inspiration From The Contents Of The Book Beastgirl And Other Origin Myths , Essay By Elizabeth Acevedo Is Now On Our Website And You Can Download It By Register What Are You Waiting For Please Read And Make A Refission For You I appreciated Beastgirl for what it was, even though my expectations of what it would be were different I initially anticipated Acevedo making blatant use of Dominican folklore and legend, but upon reflection, can see that even if she didn t directly recount those tales, the ghosts and enduring presence of them are ones she wove into the poems about her own life experiences It was also interesting to see how some of these poems Conversations, Pressing, It Almost Curdles My Dry Womb, Liminalities became the foundation for themes to be found in The Poet X I m curious to see if any will also make an appearance in With the Fire on High Favorites Mami Came to This Country as a Nanny, Beloved, and La Ultima Cacique Favorite lines and passages I ve learned to chew magic like it was cassava Salt, pg.7 and around the same time she tells me i can t walkthe house wearing only panties any,she teaches me how to hand wash them in the sink tsking that washing machinesdon t launder as well as a good knuckling,she drops soap on the crotch, folds the fabricon itself and shows me how one endpulls out the stains of the other detergent and fabric and hands against hands make the seemingly almost dirty material clean again this turning of the shower rod into a garland of intimates Mami Came to This Country as a Nanny, pg.13 cubans call this meal moros y cristianos the black beans and white rice cooked harmoniously.today I m convinced the cuban who named it that was being overly optimistic Beloved, pg.15 tonight, no music plays and for the first time since i learned to cook i understand a meal can be a eulogy of mouthfulssome things deserve to be smudged ungleaming.remembered Beloved, pg.15 I had the pleasure of hearing Acevedo read her work in Detroit the other night and immediately wanted to hear Beastgirl has such a distinct, accessible but not easy voice Almost every poem has a moment of real surprise, and there are a few shocks too Acevedo beautifully integrates Dominican tradition into much of Beastgirl, while also telling contemporary stories that feel new and immediate Hoping to read even of her work including a forthcoming soon, I understand collection. 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 personal note, from her family s immigration to her own body One of my favorite themes of Beastgirl Other Origin Myths was that of her family, who appear in political poems, mythological poems, and personal musings Her mother, especially, shows up numerous times, whether to tell a bedtime story or show the poet how handwashing one s delicates results in a superior cleaning Read my full review at This was very rough, but also very important I had originally been introduced to this poetry collection with the idea of the anthology being Teen or Young Adult and was therefore very surprised during my reading I am very glad that this was read before it was put out and was moved to the Adult section, because while it is very moving and important, it is also very, very graphic and sometimes heartbreaking or triggering. 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. La Negra is a beastgirl From forehead to heel callused Risen on an island made of shit bricks, an empire I know a lot of people praised The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo Check out her poetry book Beastgirl as well It was only 30 pages but the poems are an amazing take on Dominican culture with a splash of folklore mythology. Beastgirl Elizabeth Acevedo, Beastgirl by Elizabeth Acevedo is a phenomenal poetry book This book is 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 for adults than for children The poems imagery was really good and that made me understand of what was going on in each poem The poems weren t all part of the same story they were almost completely different however the idea of reality was with all of them You can tell how much of Elizabeth Acevedo is in her poems because she is a strong and amazing person along with her poems Since I have met Elizabeth I think that this makes me understand the personality of the poem, how she writes how she reacts to what people have done I think that to understand these poems , and to read the full potential of each of the poems I will have to go back and read it again when I am older This book reminds of a book called The Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin It reminds me of that book because it was recommended to me by my mother when I was younger and I started to read it, however I didn t understand much of what was going on and the language was a little too hard for me Beastgirl, in my opinion is not the right kind of book for me, yet, because I still don t understand all the poems without someone needing to explain to me what was going on However I think it is a book well worth reading again to understand better I would definitely recommend this book to anyone over the age of 12 or to anyone who is willing to take the challenge.