Morgan Parker: Magical Negro


Hugo House Capitol Hill
Thurs April 4, 7 pm


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Recommended by Rich Smith

Morgan Parker blew up the poetry world with 2017's There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé, which made every conceivable top 10 list that year, including the only one that really matters—Oprah's. Expect that to happen all over again with Magical Negro, her new collection of poems from Tin House Books. Again Parker centralizes the powers and paradoxes of Black womanhood, riffing off the work of other black artists and weaving them into her own life. But in most of the poems in this book, Parker lets the faucet loose a little, trusting repetition to ground the reader as she leaps down the page from association to association. Here she's funnier, sadder, raunchier. If you see this book at the shop, read "Magical Negro #217: Diana Ross Finishing a Rib in Alabama, 1990s," "Two White Girls in the African Braid Shop on Marcy and Fulton," and "Matt," and you'll know what I mean.

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Hugo House

1634 11th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

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  • Thurs April 4, 7 pm