A series of intimate and captivating interviews by Rachel Zucker with poets and artists about quotidian objects, experiences or obsessions, Commonplace conversations explore the recipes, advice, lists, anecdotes, quotes, politics, phobias, spiritual practices, and other non-Literary forms of knowledge that are vital to an artist’s life and work. One feels, when listening to Commonplace, the pleasure of eavesdropping on the kind of unexpected, intriguing connections that only happen when interesting people sit together in a small room and talk about their real concerns and ordinary lives.

Episode 23: Morgan Parker

Episode 23: Morgan Parker

Rachel Zucker speaks with poet Morgan Parker (author of Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night and There are More Beautiful Things than Beyoncé) in front of a LIVE audience at the KGB Red Room on February 27, 2017. Morgan reads new work, discusses what she’s working on, who she’s writing for, and her 13 husbands. They talk about confessional poetry, performance, blackness, whiteness, therapy, Beyoncé, authenticity,  revision, therapy as reparations, and Nelly.

EXTRA RESOURCES FOR EPISODE 23

Books by Morgan Parker

There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce (Tin House, 2017)

Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night (Switchback, 2015)

Other Books/Writers/Thinkers/Musicians Mentioned

Beyoncé

Julie Buntin

Rachel McKibbens

Lizzie Harris

Angel Nafis

Monica McClure

Nate Marshall

Mickalene Thomas

Matthew Dickman

D.A. Powell

Christine Larusso

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Other Relevant Links

“How to Stay Sane While Black” by Morgan Parker, published by the New York Times

Episode 22: Undocupoets 2 — Javier Zamora, Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, and Janine Joseph

Episode 22: Undocupoets 2 — Javier Zamora, Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, and Janine Joseph