Magical Negro (Paperback)
"No one can serve two masters / like we can, be future / and what they threatened to forget, / be Richard Pryor Live on Sunset / and be the sunset. Kiss the ground, / burn it to the ground" (72) These heat-seeking missile poems seek vengeance, seek wholeness, seek comfort. They attempt to find some sense and humor in the overlapping worlds through which they rocket and they often find it just before smashing it to smithereens. These poems are rooted in rage and history, rich with a radio thrum, wine-damp with sorrow, and stacked tight and high with experimental poetic architecture. -Lara— From Spring Booknotes 2019
"Morgan Parker's latest collection is a riveting testimony to everyday blackness . . . It is wry and atmospheric, an epic work of aural pleasures and personifications that demands to be read--both as an account of a private life and as searing political protest." --TIME Magazine
A Most Anticipated Book of 2019 at Vogue, O: the Oprah Magazine, NYLON, BuzzFeed, Publishers Weekly, and more.