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
Rating: 🖤 🖤 🖤