Fierce, playful and political, Parker's poems celebrate the everyday just as they face off ancestral hurt. . . . Meets prejudice with an unwavering eye.
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
Honesty, says one of Morgan Parker's speakers, "is uncomfortable and funny." And how apt, how acrobatic and unflinching Parker is in bearing this thesis out . . . These poems 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. OTHER PEOPLE'S COMFORT KEEPS ME UP AT NIGHT is hilarious and hard-hitting, and it ripples with energy, insight, and searing music
Parker's voice is surprising, ranging from elegiac to conspiratorial to ecstatic; she interrogates both blackness and femininity like ports in a long personal journey, as places to land but also as points of departure.
This collection further evidences Morgan Parker's considerable consequence in American poetry.
Parker is a poetic superstar