There are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé by Morgan Parker

Morgan Parker's poetry in There are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé ventures into the love desired by and required for black American women. Parker's earnest love for Beyoncé is eloquently juxtaposed against the challenge of loving herself in the same way against a backdrop of people who idolize and celebrate Beyoncé without recognizing the same beauty and power in all black women. 

Once again, it reminds us of what it is to be woke. To stop off-switching and remember that there is no exception to the greatness, fierceness and fight of black women. Beyoncé is the vocalist to an overwhelming song, but its beat courses thick through all who know its deep-rooted tie to a history of oppression, representation and rhetoric.

What Beyoncé Won’t Say on a Shrink’s Couch

What if I said I’m tired
and they heard wrong
said sing it
— Morgan Parker, There are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé
All They Want is My Money My Pussy My Blood

I am free with the following conditions.
Give it up gimme gimme.
Okay so I’m Black in America right and I walk into a bar.
I drink a lot of wine and kiss a Black man on his beard.
I do whatever I want because I could die any minute.
I don’t mean YOLO I mean they are hunting me...
— Morgan Parker, There are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé