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Haymarket Books The mezcla, or the remezcla, is where we are going to find our strength, our vision, our power, and it’s in these pages where you’ll find the blueprint, which is simultaneously frightening, magical, and real. Welcome to this somos mas moment.    –Willie Perdomo LatiNEXT The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 4 Edited by  Felicia Rose Chavez Josè Olivarez Willie Perdomo LatiNEXT celebrates the embodied narratives of Latinidad. A BreakBeat Poets anthology that opposes silence and re-mixes the soundtrack of the Latinx diaspora across diverse poetic traditions. Poets speak from an array of nationalities, genders, sexualities, races, and writing styles, staking a claim to our cultural and civic space. Like Hip-Hop, the book honors what was, what is, and what’s next. The LatiNEXT anthology is broken up into sections of the Mexican loteria – La Muerte, El Bandolon, El Mundo, La Bandera, and La Sirena. Each section is full of poetry b


I never wanted to work from home. I like the hustle and bustle of New York City, and I enjoy the dynamics of an in-person workplace. March 13 was the day the world changed for me. Suddenly, I’m working for home.   All meetings are virtual ones. Now I really have to order internet service.   It was the end of the world as I knew it. The corona virus had taken over the world, and changed its name to Covid-19.   It was not sexier; it was just more terrifying. New York City becomes the epicenter of this plague.   Governor Cuomo and Mayor De Blasio tally the dead.   500 dead loved ones. 600 dead loved ones. 799 dead loved ones.   And, my niece an operating nurse in the biggest hospital in Queens, where all the sick go, where ice trucks are parked outside because the morgue is full and there are no more empty rooms or corridors to place the body bags. These are scary times.   BUT, our Medical Personnel are Super Heroes . They and the First Responders are o