There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce

There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce

eBook - 2017 | First U.S. edition
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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

The only thing more beautiful than Beyoncé is God, and God is a black woman sipping rosé and drawing a lavender bath, texting her mom, belly-laughing in the therapist’s office, feeling unloved, being on display, daring to survive. Morgan Parker stands at the intersections of vulnerability and performance, of desire and disgust, of tragedy and excellence. Unrelentingly feminist, tender, ruthless, and sequined, these poems are an altar to the complexities of black American womanhood in an age of non-indictments and deja vu, and a time of wars over bodies and power. These poems celebrate and mourn. They are a chorus chanting: You’re gonna give us the love we need.

Publisher: Portland, OR : Tin House Books, 2017
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 1941040543 (electronic bk.)
9781941040546 (electronic bk.)
Branch Call Number: eBOOK 811.6 PAR
Characteristics: 1 online resource (pages)

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MickC_KCMO Aug 09, 2017

I will admit that I don't read a lot of poetry, but it didn't take me long to recognize the quality of the written words on each page of Morgan Parker's book. Beautiful and thoughtful, each poem in this short book is worth your time and effort.

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abcDena
Apr 19, 2017

My mom never taught me "if you have nothing nice to say...", but I'm trying to be a better human being. Translation: this isn't for me and I'm not for it. I love poetry and I really like Beyoncé, but those two things didn't help me enjoy or want to understand this collection or any given poem within. It's not bad stuff; it's poetry!

This would be a great "in" with people who think they hate poetry, or are afraid of it. Maybe do a tie-in exercise writing dirty limericks about Queen Bey? *shrug*

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