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I'm So Fine: A List of Famous Men & What I Had On

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  209 ratings  ·  30 reviews
Part nostalgia, part exuberant storytelling, I'm So Fine: A List of Famous Men & What I Had On turns a sharply humorous magnifying glass onto gendered interactions primarily in 1980s and 1990s Los Angeles, but also as far back as 1940s Detroit and as far forward as present day New York. Framed by random celebrity encounters, the shocking ordinariness of rape culture as ...more
Paperback, 73 pages
Published March 15th 2017 by YesYes Books (first published November 1st 2013)
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Jan 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sharp prose poems that capture black womanhood, the ways of men, and life in Los Angeles.
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
These are wonderful pieces right from the start, Queen's ability to instantly bring forth such vivid voice, images, and tone. An effect built cumulatively though. More disturbing aspects already scattered throughout, a different kind of insight sharpened and intensified the more of the pieces I read. As that strengthened, the gravity increased and the ability to look as entertainment became more and more questionable, requiring me to think about increasingly uncomfortable questions on my side of ...more
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
At first glance these prose poems appear to about a pretty girl bragging about meeting and getting hit on my famous men. A deeper reflection shows these thought-provoking vignettes to be about the male gaze, sexual harassment, rape culture, black womanhood, growing up in La LA Land where celebrities are commonplace, dating in mid-life, being a single mom, and how fashion reflects time, place and how we reimagine of ourselves. They show both the internal and the external self. Some are funny, som ...more
TaraShea Nesbit
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The form of the famous man + what they did + what the narrator did+ what the narrator wore gives way to so much more. Within that frame is humor, violence, grief, love, and heartache. So so so good.
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is pitch perfect.
Sara Khayat
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Khadijah Queen has one of the most unique voices in poetry today.
Megan Willoughby
Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Tasty dance of lust & pop-culture & thrift store mix CDs. Queen's "I" is a woman I will never be - but Lord, she laughs the loudest in the room.
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Powerful, poetic, and clever as hell.
Wynne Kontos
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Khadijah Queen’s collection, “I’m So Fine” should be called: “Poetry for People Who Don’t Think They Like Poetry.”

As a young woman growing up in Los Angeles, Queen met quite literally everyone. From Tupac to Prince to Montell to members of Jodeci and a lame member of Snoop Dogg’s crew, her poetic recollections of these encounters and indeed, what she was wearing, will make you laugh out loud and nod. There’s a universality she captures being young and female, cruising with your friends and crus
Laurel L. Perez
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A master of subtlety, Queen tells seemingly simple stories that interest the reader at first, but gnaw at you as you turn over the underneaths of the story later. Because even though you feel like you’ve learned so much about her, there are still pockets where you’re not sure you know the whole story, or even understand it. There are still places where if she kept telling the same story, you’d still find yourself surprised, looking at her in a new light, thinking, “How could I have missed that?” ...more
Jun 21, 2018 rated it liked it
The title got me. I felt like the title alone spoke deeply about the contents.

I gave this book three stars because I wanted to give it 3.5, but I don't know that I would be willing to give it 4. It was good, although at times it felt a little repetitive, since every work was the same in format and information (true to the title: which man and what she was wearing). I do think that a few pieces in particular made such a strong impact on me that I wanted to love the whole thing more.

Some was har
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this remarkably revealing collection of prose poems about Queen’s encounters with men of varying degrees of fame, which mostly take place during her time living in LA. There are quite a range of experiences here, many of which feel very timely in the #metoo era. There is the time the Snoop Dogg-affiliated (and unfortunately named) Lil’ Dead gets mad at Queen and her sister for displaying insufficient raunch on a video set, a night out during which she endures threats as she ...more
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is very outspoken on women’s issues and paints vivid vignettes about he things women face from men, especially those in power. It is written in run on style that makes the reader face every moment in a rush and process at the end. It simulates a woman’s experience in an uncomfortable situation in that way, echoing the lack of agency that can sometimes occur and the lack of ability to process once something has happened. You both follow Queen’s own experience, and insert yourself into t ...more
I'm torn between 4 and 5 stars perhaps because of the book's lack of physical heft, but I think that's the reason it deserves more. The book's lens is turned on "famous men," but really it's about the author and about the culture she lives in -- she just remembers these particular encounters because the men were famous. More, it's a sharp, funny, self-deprecating look at pop culture (fashion) from this particular woman's teen years in Los Angeles (and even into her mother's Detroit) on through m ...more
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
My experience with this book is an excellent example of the benefits of breaking out of your typical reading habits. I would have never picked up this book had it not been for a poetry class I’m taking.

On the surface, these prose poems feel shallow - famous men ogling a young woman and a few details on what she is wearing.

However, the tension builds and by the end Queen has unraveled a powerful narrative.

This is excellent.
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
Clever, devastating, insightful, and striking.

Towards the end, admittedly, some of the poems started to blur together for me in terms of following the established pattern of man + outfit + commentary, but that doesn't diminish the power of the voice and imagery here, just points to my own reading fatigue.
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Narrative prose is hit or miss with me - and this was a hit. Queen has a way of weaving in hilarity, hypocrisy, & heartbreak all in the same piece. She manages to provide a colorful narrative to the reader that puts you right inside the world she describes - down to the outfit.

I look forward to reading more of her work. Good shit.
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow, cannot recommend this book more highly. These poems are funny, sharp, and such a gift to their reader. The minute I finished the book, I started again. A must-read.
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, poetry
Dec 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Breathless--master class in how to take a premise and run with it.
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic collection of poetry that reflects the moment. I had the pleasure of hearing Khadijah read some of these poems out loud and she is a force to be reckoned with. Big, big fan.
Nov 21, 2017 rated it liked it
More like 3.5. Stories I can relate to that touch upon womanhood in the presence of men in (or out) of our lives.
This book is such an inside edition kind of piece. Like the way we all love voice, that way a speaker can let you inside their life by the simple mechanism of voice, and with Queen, it's like I almost forget I'm reading. The voice is so loud and real. And by loud I mean it takes up my brain space, so it's the only noise I'm hearing in the space. It's "loud" by virtue of displacing all other parts of the brain space. And meanwhile the style is all text no punctuation, and you have to catch yourse ...more
Taylor Napolsky
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love how this book flows. It's a wonderful concept, and one of those fast reads that is still rich with depth.
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I attended an AWP panel on which Khadijah read from this collection of short stories. I laughed out loud several times, and ordered the book before the panel ended.

The rest of the stories were as good as the few she shared at AWP. I still have a hard time embracing them as fiction. There has to be some (or a great deal) of truth behind many of the encounters with celebrity. And the very specific clothing choices took me back to the 80s, 90s abs early 2000s.

Congratulations on a wonderful book,
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved it so much, I added it to my Literary Communities of Los Angeles syllabus. I can't wait to read it with my AULA students.
Carley Moore
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love this book so much. Devoured it in a hour. A smart funny real take on clothing, women, blackness, and sometimes brutal life in the patriarchy.
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Khadijah Queen is the author of five books, most recently I'm So Fine: A List of Famous Men & What I Had On, a finalist for the National Poetry Series and published by YesYes Books in March 2017. Her verse play Non-Sequitur (Litmus Press 2015) won the Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women Performance Writers, and was produced by theater company The Relationship in New York City in 2015. ...more