There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce

Narrated by: Morgan Parker
Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
4.2 out of 5 stars (89 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A TIME Magazine Best Paperback of 2017

A Publishers Weekly Best Poetry Collection of Spring

A Paris Review Staff Pick

A Most Anticipated Book of 2017 at NPR.org, BuzzFeed, VICE, NYLON, and more

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. Morgan Parker stands at the intersections of vulnerability and performance, of desire and disgust, of tragedy and excellence. Unrelentingly feminist, tender, ruthless, and sequined, these poems are an altar to the complexities of black American womanhood in an age of non-indictments and déjà vu and a time of wars over bodies and power. These poems celebrate and mourn. They are a chorus chanting: You're gonna give us the love we need.

©2017 Morgan Parker (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"This is a marvelous book. See for yourself. Morgan Parker is a fearlessly forward and forward-thinking literary star." (Terrance Hayes)

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Just no.

Had high hopes. Didn't even come close. And I listened to the entire thing.

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Extraordinary

I have never felt compelled to write a review before this book. This was my first time reading anything by the author and I have to say I am a huge fan now. I have listened and read many books of poems and this is the first to really inspire me and my writing. This collection is relatable, intelligent, and real. Morgan Parker gives life to each word she recites. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys poetry or who is just starting to explore it.

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I LOVE THIS AUTHOR... I LOVED THIS READING!

loved this! I am def a fan of this author now so glad I bought this 1! perfect reading voice very entertaining

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The time I fell for Click bait

Deep, I guess. Maybe too deep. I didn't get most of it and decided it must go into the same bin as Jordan Peele's us. 🤷🏽‍♀️

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Random Thoughts

I don't like giving bad reviews because I know how it feels to be rejected or told you or some you did was not good enough. However; I've listened to spoken word & read poetry often enough to know that there is usually a point or theme to the piece. Unfortunately for this one I feel like she recited all the random thoughts she wrote down in her journal and then tried to pass it off as poetry. I couldn't listen to any of the them in their entirety found myself fast forwarding through to the next one hoping that was a better one then forwarding to the next one again because it wasn't. I'm just disappointed 😞.

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life in the fast lane

wow. she is powerful and intense. twice I felt like "ok off" but I stayed. no for the language prudes. unsetilling in places.

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Provacative!

Enjoyed immensely this poetic flamethrower. Recommend for anyone who wants to read 10 more Words so this review can be submitted.

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Morgan You See Me

No Notes!! It's healing to just hear your words. I simmer in aggression I have not felt allowed to express and each poem caresses a nerve. I love this poetry!

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Beautiful

i love this audiobook because shes outward and inwardly awesome and sharp like a two edged sharpened sword