4.5 Purple Hearts
There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce, Morgan Parker
Price: 14.95 USD(Get First Edition on Amazon for less)
*Book received for free from Netgalley.
With a title such as There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce, Morgan Parker is setting the reader up for poetry that will be evocative, provocative, enthralling and enriched, steeped in the black and black woman experience.
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Reading Parker’s poetry was like taking a deep dive into some subconscious quagmire that only those in touch with pop culture will sink into. However it was hard not to judge this book subjectively because with poems like “13 Ways of Looking at a Black Girl”,“Afro”, and “RoboBeyonce” I had a party in my head and I understood exactly where the speaker was coming from.
Take these words for instance:
“I’m too small to see but I’m listening.”
“On the last day of the year I enter a scalding tub and think you away.”
Many poems I understood, just from living it.
However, some poems I came across seemed to be from a stream of consciousness that my mind just froze upon. That is okay. Stream of consciousness is good. I delve into it with my own writing too, creating abstract poems with my abstract brain.
This is a great book of poetry, I do recommend it to those who enjoy poetry infused with pop culture and plenty of interesting, uncharacteristic rhythm.