Other People's Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night: Poems (Paperback)

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Other People's Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night: Poems (Paperback)

By Morgan Parker, Danez Smith (Introduction by)


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ABA Indie Poetry Bestseller

From the author of Magical Negro, Winner of the National Book Critic's Circle Award

Named a Best Book of the Month by Oprah Daily, BuzzFeed, Ms. Magazine, Nylon, ALTA and a Best Book of the Summer by Glamour and Publishers Weekly

“Hilarious and hard-hitting . . . it ripples with energy, insight, and searing music.” —Tracy K. Smith, author of Wade in the Water 

Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up at Night—the book that launched the career of one of our most important young American poets—is back in print.

The debut collection from award-winning poet Morgan Parker demonstrates why she’s become one of the most beloved writers working today. Her command of language is on full display. Parker bobs and weaves between humor and pathos, grief and anxiety, Gwendolyn Brooks and Jay-Z, the New York School and reality television. She collapses any foolish distinctions between the personal and the political, the “high” and the “low.” Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up at Night not only introduced an essential new voice to the world, it contains everything readers have come to love about Morgan Parker’s work.

Morgan Parker is a poet, essayist, and novelist. She is the author of the young adult novel Who Put This Song On?; and the poetry collections Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night, and Magical Negro, which won the 2019 National Book Critics Circle Award. Parker’s debut book of nonfiction is forthcoming from One World. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship, winner of a Pushcart Prize, and has been hailed by The New York Times as “a dynamic craftsperson” of “considerable consequence to American poetry.”

Danez Smith is the author of [insert] boy, winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. Smith has received fellowships from the McKnight Foundation and the Poetry Foundation, and lives in Minneapolis.

Product Details ISBN: 9781951142568
ISBN-10: 195114256X
Publisher: Tin House Books
Publication Date: July 13th, 2021
Pages: 120
Language: English
Joyous, ironic, biting, knowing—Parker’s sublime poetry encapsulates and reflects our era.
— Oprah Daily

[Parker’s] writing crackles with caustic humor and wrenching insight. You know from jump that she’s going places.
— BuzzFeed

— Ms. Magazine

— Glamour

A poetic superstar.
— Publishers Weekly


What this re-release shows, more than anything, is that Parker has
always possessed an uncanny ability to intermingle philosophy and lyric. . . . trust me, this is a collection you will want to spend time with.
— The Poetry Question

I can and have read Morgan Parker’s poems over and over. They make me high and think like this: Her mind and her thoughts can go anywhere in a poem. . . . There are piles of masterpieces here.
— Eileen Myles

I love these poems by Morgan Parker. They tell everything exactly like it is, and they don’t let us off the hook. . . . They hit you with the authority and moral clarity of Langston Hughes, and have the omnivorous eye of Frank O’Hara.
— Matthew Rohrer

The introduction to everything we love about Morgan Parker’s work.
— The Root

Parker’s work is a refreshing departure from a medium usually dominated by white culture and standards of worth. Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up at Night is a collection well worth championing.

— Broad Street Review