Magical Negro 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 Magical Negro, 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.
My limited addition collaboration with Morgan Parker in celebration of her new collection of poems “Magical Negro“, takes & strips down phases that stayed with me long after I consumed them.
Because each piece is made by hand, production time is extended.
made from 100% 10oz cotton canvas
machine stitched seaming on all sides with corresponding thread
letters are black cut felt, affixed with heat
hang string is cotton black bias tape with hand knotted loops on a hard wood hang stick.
pennant measures 12.5 inches X 17 inches not including hang string
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