Other People’s Comfort Keeps Me Up At Night


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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.


  • 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.


  • Phenomenal.

    —Ms. Magazine

  • Stellar.


  • A poetic superstar.

    —Publishers Weekly

  • Captivating.


  • 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