I feel February is a good month for poetry so I’m following my last post on Derrick Harriell’s reading with some thoughts on Morgan Parker’s 2017 poetry collection, There are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé. First things first, this book rocks an excellent title with excellent cover art by Mickalene Thomas. Sometimes it’s okay to judge a book by its cover — but the enticing marketing on this one can’t even touch what’s inside. If I was looking for poems about Beyoncé, I found them and a lot more. Many of the poems speak to black women but hold imporant truths and lyrical beauty for anyone with a soul. Yes, there are more beautiful things than Beyoncé. This book is one of them.
I was born this way: unsatisfied
My color is a bridge with no other side
In a second life my voice is a drum kit
Reigning over green hills like weather
I am king & anthem
I know how to relax
— from Rebirth of Slick by Morgan Parker