This evening should be something. Few poets have had work arrive as smart, alive, and on target as Morgan Parker has with her collections There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé and Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up at Night. She is here at Hugo House this evening with a breath-taking new book of poems, Magical Negro (Tin House).
“2019 justly belongs to Morgan Parker. Her poems shred me with their intelligence, dark humor and black-hearted vision. Parker is one of this generation’s best minds, able to hold herself and her world, which includes all of us, up to impossible lights, revealing every last bit of our hopes, failings, possibilities and raptures.” —Danez Smith, T Magazine.
“If you’re anxious for your snug perspective to be rattled and ripped asunder, for the predictable landscape you stroll to become all but unrecognizable, for things you thought you knew to slap you into another consciousness―brethren, have I got the book for you. Bey’s bestie continues her reign with this restless, fierce, and insanely inventive way of walking through the world. Once again, children―ignore Ms. Parker at your peril.” —Patricia Smith.
Indeed. This, as Danez Smith hints, is but the beginning, with a young adult novel due later this year, and a nonfiction book to come in 2020.
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