National Poetry Month: Morgan Parker

Created by Bob Helmbrecht, collection development librarian

Our National Poetry Month poet for today, and our final one for this month, is poet, essayist, and novelist Morgan Parker.

Parker’s debut poetry collection was “Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up at Night,” published in 2015 by Switchback Books. It was a finalist for the Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award, and recently reprinted by Tin House Books. 

There Are Things More Beautiful Than Beyonce” was Parker’s next poetry collection, published by Tin House in 2017. It appeared on a number of “Best Books” lists that year. Poet Tracy K. Smith said the poems in the collection “are delightful in their playful ability to rake through our contemporary moment in search of all manner of riches, just as they are devastating in their ability to remind us of what we look like when nobody’s watching, and of what the many things we don’t–or can’t–say add up to.”

Parker’s most recent collection was 2019’s “Magical Negro,” winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. Poet Danez Smith wrote of Parker’s work, “Her poems shred me with their intelligence, dark humor and black-hearted vision. Parker is one of this generation’s best minds, able to hold herself and her world, which includes all of us, up to impossible lights, revealing every last bit of our hopes, failings, possibilities and raptures.”

For an introduction to Parker’s work, you can find links to many poems on the author’s website. Check out Morgan Parker’s poetry today!