Portland, Oregon : Tin House Books, 2017.
85 pages ; 22 cm
"There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé uses political and pop-cultural references as a framework to explore 21st century black American womanhood and its complexities: performance, depression, isolation, exoticism, racism, femininity, and politics. The poems weave between personal narrative and pop-cultural criticism, examining and confronting modern media, consumption, feminism, and Blackness. This collection explores femininity and race in the contemporary American political climate, folding in references from jazz standards, visual art, personal family history, and Hip Hop. The voice of this book is a multifarious one: writing and rewriting bodies, stories, and histories of the past, as well as uttering and bearing witness to the truth of the present, and actively probing toward a new self, an actualized self. This is a book at the intersections of mythology and sorrow, of vulnerability and posturing, of desire and disgust, of tragedy and excellence"--Publisher.
All they want is my money my pussy my blood -- The president has never said the word black -- Hottentot Venus -- Another another autumn in New York -- Poem on Beyoncé's birthday -- Lush life -- Beyoncé on the line for Gaga -- We don't know when we were opened (or, the origin of the universe) -- My vinyl weighs a ton -- Beyoncé is sorry for what she won't feel -- Afro -- These are dangerous times, man -- Rebirth of slick -- RoboBeyoncé -- Delicate and jumpy -- Freaky Friday starring Beyoncé and Lady Gaga -- 13 ways of looking at a black girl -- The book of negroes -- The gospel according to her -- Black woman with chicken -- The gospel of Jesus's wife -- White Beyoncé -- The president's wife -- Welcome to the jungle -- Beyoncé, touring in Asia, breaks down in a white tee -- What Beyoncé won't say on a shrink's couch -- Ain't misbehavin' -- Untitled while listening to Drake -- Beyoncé in third person -- Heaven be a Xanax -- Beyoncé celebrates black history month -- Earth, Wind & Fire reunion tour 2013 -- It's getting hot in here so take off all your clothes -- Take a walk on the wild side -- The book of revelation -- 99 problems -- Slouching toward Beyoncé -- Let me handle my business, damn -- Beyoncé prepares a will -- Please wait (or, there are more beautiful things than Beyoncé -- Funeral for the black dog -- So what.
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