There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé by Morgan Parker


TIME Magazine Best Paperback of 2017
One of Oprah Magazine‘s “Ten Best Books of 2017”

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.

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I don’t know / when I got so punk rock / but when I catch / myself in the mirror I / feel stronger. So when / at five in the afternoon / something on my TV says / time is not on your side / I don’t give any / shits at all. Instead I smoke / a joint like I’m / a teenager and eat a whole / box of cupcakes. – “Another Another Autumn In New York” (pgs. 8-9)

Our Bookseller says:

There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce is by turns hilarious and devastating, like dirges that reached the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It’s an utterly delightful love letter to black womanhood, witty and relatable whether Parker is paraphrasing Beyonce or listing 99 problems (spoilers: #36-42 are “American history”). – Terry

There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé by Morgan Parker