There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce

Morgan Parker (Author)
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A TIME Magazine Best Paperback of 2017
One of Oprah Magazine's "Ten Best Books of 2017"

"This singular poetry collection is a dynamic meditation on the experience of, and societal narratives surrounding, contemporary black womanhood. . . . These exquisite poems defy categorization." --The New Yorker

Product Details

Price
$14.95  $13.75
Publisher
Tin House Books
Publish Date
February 14, 2017
Pages
80
Dimensions
5.3 X 0.6 X 8.3 inches | 0.3 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781941040539
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About the Author

Morgan Parker is the author of There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé and Other People's Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night. Her poetry and essays have appeared in Tin House, the Paris Review, The BreakBeat Poets: New American Poetry in the Age of Hip-Hop, Best American Poetry 2016, the New York Times, and the Nation. She is the recipient of a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship, winner of a 2016 Pushcart Prize, and a Cave Canem graduate fellow.

Reviews

I can and have read Morgan Parker''''s poems over and over . . . She writes history and pleasure and kitsch and abstraction, then vanishes like a god in about 13 inches.--Eileen Myles
[A] tremendous new collection.--The Paris Review
[Parker''''s] second collection of poetry is a series of raw, unflinching examinations of race and womanhood.--Girlboss, "Five New Books That Will Make You a Better Feminist"
[Morgan Parker's] poems are delightful in their playful ability to rake through our contemporary moment in search of all manner of riches, just as they are devastating in their ability to remind us of what we look like when nobody''''s watching, and of what the many things we don''''t--or can''''t--say add up to.--Tracy K. Smith
"Art hurts," wrote poet Gwendolyn Brooks. "Art urges voyages." Morgan Parker's poems hurt deeply and voyage widely. They do not let you sit comfortably and idly and safe, but take you on an adventure like no other. Like the "Fantastic Voyage" promised by R&B legends Lakeside, Parker's work is "live, live, all the way live." Get on board this trip; it is like no other.--D.A. Powell
For the person who doesn't need their poetry to be "pretty." For the person who needs their poetry to be powerful in its beauty, in its ability to eviscerate them, in its willingness to go places they never knew existed before. For the person who drinks words like others drink water.--NYLON, Best Books of the Year
Parker's poems brings heat to the art of Mickalene Thomas, the racial politics of Barack Obama's presidency, the body politics of Beyoncé and the danger of moving through America in a black body.--TIME Magazine, Best Paperbacks of 2017
Morgan Parker turns Beyoncé and gin-soaked olives into electric poetry.--Portland Monthly
Morgan Parker''s bombastic second book profoundly expresses a black millennial consciousness with anger and appetite. Everywhere Parker looks, she sees a wildly messed-up world -- "There's far too many of me dying"; "The President be like/ we lost a young boy today." She also answers a personal and public mandate to re-envision it through humor and confrontation.--NPR.org
Parker's poetry is a sledgehammer covered in silk, exposing black women's vulnerability and power and underscoring what it means to be magical and in pain. This collection is a must for anyone who recognizes that celebrity is an extension of American culture -- and for those who don''t, it will transform their perspective.--BuzzFeed
Employing fierce language and eschewing fear of unflattering light, Parker (Other People's Comfort Keeps Me Up at Night) pays homage to the deep roots and collective wisdom of black womanhood. Parker's poems are as flame-forged as a chain locked around soft ankles.--Publishers Weekly, Starred Review