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Magical Negro: Poems
Contributor(s): Parker, Morgan

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ISBN: 1947793187     ISBN-13: 9781947793187
Publisher: Tin House Books
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Binding Type: Paperback
Published: February 2019

Annotation: Explores black American womanhood by connecting the themes of loneliness, displacement, grief, objectification, and ancestral trauma.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Poetry | American | African American
Dewey: 811/.6
LCCN: 2018041653
Academic/Grade Level: General Adult
Book type: Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 8.00" H x 5.00" W x 0.25" (0.35 lbs) 95 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2018 December #3)

As witnessed in this third collection, blackness cannot be confined to a simple definition. Parker writes of the black experience not as an antidote or opposite to whiteness, but a culture and community where irreplicable nuances are created in spite of, not because of, pain and trauma. Blackness cannot be bought or sold; it's an inheritance. For example, in "Magical Negro #607: Gladys Knight on the 200th Episode of The Jeffersons," Parker writes, "When I'm rich I will still be Black./ You can't take the girl out of the ghetto/ until she earns it, or grows up into it." Similarly, in "The History of Black People," Parker frames the legacy of black people as "an investigation" and "a tragicomic horror film" and "joy stinging pink lips." Parker uses personal narratives to deconstruct societal stereotypes of black womanhood. In "When a Man I Love Jerks Off in My Bed next to Me and Falls Asleep," she observes, "When I walk into the world and know/ I am a black girl, I understand/ I am a costume. I know the rules./ I like the pain because it makes me." (Feb.)

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