Issue 5 of the CR Fashion Book doesn't just feature a flawless looking Beyoncé shot by Pierre Debusschere, it features poetry created by Bey herself in partnership with the esteemed poet Forrest Gander. Called "Bey The Light", the poem is made up of statements made by Beyoncé, then "remixed" by Gander.
She touches on issues of identity and refers to her alter-ego Sasha Fierce as a coping mechanism: "I learned at a very young age, when I need to tap some extra strength, to put my persona, Sasha, on stage." She also describes her daughter Blue Ivy as "her biggest muse" and hints at the struggles that come with a constant spotlight: "You call me a singer, but I’m called to transform, to suck up the grief, anxiety, and loss of those who hear me into my song’s form."
Read the poem in full below and visit the CR Fashion Book site here.