May 31, 2018

There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé

"But one day your shit will be unbelievably together." ~ pg. 76

Let me be the first to admit: I judge books by its cover. I also judge books by its title. So when I came across There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé in my Goodreads feed, I immediately became curious. Call it a stan reflex. When the order arrived, I read the blurbs first. Very convincing! And it won a literary award in 2017. But it was the inside flap language, with a touch of blasphemy, that made me dive into this book of poetry.

"The only thing more beautiful than Beyoncé is God, and God is a black woman sipping rosé and drawing a lavender bath, texting her mom, belly-laughing in the therapist's office, feeling unloved, being on display, daring to survive." 

There are 42 poems meant to evoke emotion, hurt, pride and unity. I could relate to some, while others read like a riddle. Nevertheless, this collection is a celebration of Black American womanhood.

Title: There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé
Author: Morgan Parker
Published: February 2017
Pages: 85
Edition: Paperback
Rating: 🖤 🖤 🖤


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