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Morgan Parker: There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé

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Fred Wildlife Refuge Capitol Hill
Wed., March 8, 7-9 p.m. 2017

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Recommended by Rich Smith

Morgan Parker’s profile has risen dramatically over the last couple of years, and we’re all better for it. Her recent essay in the New York Times, “How to Stay Sane While Black,” lays out a pretty good case for providing free therapy for black Americans, shows off the depth of her insight, the keeness of her eye, the darkness of her humor (“commercials for Ancestry.com feel like a personal attack”), and the strength she finds in vulnerability. All those skills shine in her new book of poems, There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé. This book has lines, no matter which kind you’re looking for. Like your poetry slightly surreal and image-forward? “This book is spit, cum, cloud cover,” she writes, transforming water into vapor via seed. Prefer lyrical gemstones? Then please say this line aloud: “For him you would pumice shined to pearl. / He makes you wanna write your name.” Or maybe you like casually chatty, pop-culture-laden lines that swerve into meditative profundity and then back again? Cool. Then read the whole book. It’s all there, and it’s all good. In addition to her writing, she’s also doing a bang-up job touring the world, helming Little A (Amazon’s literary publishing arm), and co-curating a NYC readings series called Poets with Attitude. You don’t leave a Morgan Parker reading uninspired by her talents or your own. So go. Oh! And! Rebecca Schiff will be there, reading from her new collection of short stories, The Bed Moved. RICH SMITH

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Fred Wildlife Refuge

128 Boylston Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102
206-588-6959
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  • Wed., March 8, 7-9 p.m. 2017