Beyoncé to publish book of poems

Blog / Tom Chivers

It’s been hard to keep this news to ourselves, but today we can finally announce that, yes, we have signed a contract with Beyoncé Knowles to publish her first book of poems. Titled simply Poems, the collection will include both original, never-before-published poetry and song lyrics from Beyoncé’s back catalogue such as ‘Single Ladies (Put […]

It’s been hard to keep this news to ourselves, but today we can finally announce that, yes, we have signed a contract with Beyoncé Knowles to publish her first book of poems.

Titled simply Poems, the collection will include both original, never-before-published poetry and song lyrics from Beyoncé’s back catalogue such as ‘Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)’.

It’s a huge coup for a small, independent British publisher to be working with the much-loved singer, songwriter and actress. Beyoncé’s representatives initially contacted the press after reading Penned in the Margins Director Tom Chivers’s analysis of ‘Bey the Light’ in UK news website Metro.co.uk, in which he described the poem as ‘riddled with cliché and empty sentimentalism.

Chivers, who founded the company ten years ago, said, “I was moving boxes of unsold poetry collections around the office when I got the call. When the voice said they were with Beyoncé and she wanted to meet with me, I almost fell off the step-ladder.”

Asked if he was nervous editing the superstar singer’s poems, Chivers replied, “Working with Beyoncé has been a dream. She knows her sonnets from her spondeees. She is, in many ways, the Emily Dickinson of her generation.”

Beyoncé working on a poem

Knowles’ collection, Poems, is scheduled for release in December, and joins a publishing list that features performance poet Luke Wright, Next Generation poet Melissa Lee-Houghton and experimental writer and performer Siddhartha Bose. Penned in the Margins’ latest publication is Sunspots by Simon Barraclough, a book of poems inspired by the Sun to mark International Year of Light.

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DISCLAIMER: This is an April Fools’ Day story. Beyoncé will not, to our knowledge, be publishing her poetry.

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