I probably shouldn't review it at all. I am not a poetry reader, and this style is way beyond my limits.
I adore the title and have seen Parker speak before and she is wonderful.
Strongly recommend this poetry collection! It did so well at being ‘very 2019‘ but also using the cultural references to go deep on some very timeless themes and issues, and while it was very playful and funny sometimes it also knew how to rip at your heart strings and make you angry. Never cliche or cheesy at all. Some of the best poetry I‘ve read this year for sure
I went in wanting to love this for the title and only really liked it. It‘s worth a read but I felt like I missed a lot of the references and connections.
One of those some connect some don‘t kinda book for me but I would like to revisit it sometime. #readblackwomen
I'm sad I didn't like this more. I admit I don't know what I expected but I wasn't satisfied. Maybe it was her writing style. Maybe I expected more social commentary. Maybe this collection was over my head. Regardless, I want to read her other work.
Too much to say in under 451 characters... so I will say WOW. For me this book of poems was the lyrical equivalent of a death drop. It did not hold back. It was certainly not created in everyone‘s comfort zone, but I still think everyone should read it. Soulfully jam packed with feminine pride and a continuous nod to pop culture made this collection a pick for me.
Strong voiced poems that demand multiple readings: There are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce by Morgan Parker.
Favorite poems include:
-The President Has Never Said the Word Black
-The Gospel of Jesus's Wife
-Heaven Be a Xanax
-Slouching Towards Beyoncé
I don‘t know. It took me almost half the book to even “connect” with a poem. I almost bailed. I haven‘t yet, I‘m about 15 pages from the end. Some poems I read and Im in them. And then some are like Greek to me. Who‘s read this? I need some book support.
So this is what happens when an anthropologist writes poetry. This collection does not hold back any punches, is definitely Beyoncé-centric, but it deserves to be explored. It was a pleasure to read. #poetrychallenge2018
This has been my bedtime reading the last few nights and some of the lines I just loved: 1) so what if I have more regrets than birthdays, I am old for my age; 2) dear anyone, dear high-heel metronome, white noise, hush us shhhh, hush us. Favorite poems were 99 problems and we don‘t know when we were opened. I liked reading these quietly aloud. A lot to think about. #poetry #pocpoetry
I gave this a 👍🏼 but it‘s really somewhere between that and so-so. I went back and forth the whole time reading it.
I realize that being white I‘m not the target audience, so it makes sense there are some things I wouldn‘t get, but there was a lot that confused me. This is probably more about my intelligence or cultural unawareness than about the actual quality of the writing. I also admit there‘s a lot of poetry I don‘t understand. ... 1/2
So much to unpack in this slim volume. Bravo, Morgan Parker!
Going to have to sit with this one a bit. It makes me itchy - both the good and uncomfortable kinds of itchy - and there is such rhythm to the lines without actual “meter.”
Book #2 for Readathon!