‘IT WAS SUMMER NOW AND THE COLORED PEOPLE CAME OUT INTO THE SUNSHINE’: a poem by Morgan Parker

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EVENT: On Thursday 25 July Morgan Parker, author of There are more beautiful things than Beyoncé, will be a the shop to read from her latest collection Magical Negro and discuss her work with gal-dem's Georgina Lawton. Book tickets here.


IT WAS SUMMER NOW AND THE COLORED PEOPLE CAME OUT INTO THE SUNSHINE

They descend from the boat two by two. The gap in
Angela Davis’s teeth speaks to the gap in James Baldwin’s
teeth. The gap in James Baldwin’s teeth speaks to the
gap in Malcolm X’s Teeth. The gap in Malcolm X’s teeth
speaks to the gap in Malcolm X’s teeth. The gap in
Condoleezza Rice’s teeth doesn’t speak. Martin Luther
King Jr. Boulevard kisses the Band-Aid on Nelly’s cheek.
Frederick Douglass’s side part kisses Nikki Giovanni’s
Thug Life tattoo. The choir is led by Whoopi Goldberg’s
eyebrows. The choir is led by Will Smith’s flat top.
The choir loses its way. The choir never returns home.
The choir sings funeral instead of wedding, sings funeral
instead of allegedly, sings funeral instead of help, sings
Black instead of grace, sings Black as knucklebone,
mercy, junebug, sea air. It is time for war.

Magical Negro is published by Corsair, priced at £10.99. Click here to reserve your copy.

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