[After reading There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce] I feel like I took a trip that I have yet to come back from.
Even if you haven't had a quarter of the life experiences detailed in her book, all of y'all sensitive people will invariably be overcome with emotion. Parker's writing straddles that unique borderland between good writing and therapy.
The only thing more beautiful than Beyonc is God, and God is a black woman sipping ros 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.