Magical Negro

Magical Negro


Book - 2019
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"[This book] is an archive of black everydayness, a catalog of contemporary folk heroes, an ethnography of ancestral grief, and an inventory of figureheads, idioms, and customs. These American poems are both elegy and jive, joke and declaration, songs of congregation and self-conception. They connect themes of loneliness, displacement, grief, ancestral trauma, and objectification, while exploring and troubling tropes and stereotypes of Black Americans. Focused primarily on depictions of black womanhood alongside personal narratives, the collection tackles interior and exterior politics―of both the body and society, of both the individual and the collective experience. In [this book], Parker creates a space of witness, of airing grievances, of pointing out patterns. In these poems are living documents, pleas, latent traumas, inside jokes, and unspoken anxieties situated as firmly in the past as in the present―timeless black melancholies and triumphs"--
Publisher: Portland, Oregon : , 2019
Edition: First U.S. edition
Multiscript Copyrightdate: 2019
ISBN: 9781947793187
Branch Call Number: PS3616.A74547 A6 2019
811.6 Parker
Characteristics: 95 pages ; 22 cm


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Expressions. The author of There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé and Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night returns with this 2019 poetry collection: a broad exploration of African American womanhood.

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