This debut poetry collection explores the current African American experience in America. Issues around exoticism, racism, and feminism pervade Parker's polished poems. The author weaves in pop culture icons, hip hop, jazz, personal history, and politics for an inspired look at the intersections of lust and rejection, oppression and resistance, mythology and history. Highly recommend!
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.