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Don't Call Us Dead : Poems

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Finalist for the National Book Award for Poetry "[Smith's] poems are enriched to the point of volatility, but they pay out, often, in sudden joy."--The New Yorker Award-winning poet Danez Smith is a groundbreaking force, celebrated for deft lyrics, urgent subjects, and performative power. Don't Call Us Dead opens with a heartrending sequence that imagines an afterlife for black men shot by police, a place where suspicion, violence, and grief are forgotten and replaced with the safety, love, and longevity they deserved here on earth. Smith turns then to desire, mortality--the dangers experienced in skin and body and blood--and a diagnosis of HIV positive. "Some of us are killed / in pieces," Smith writes, "some of us all at once." Don't Call Us Dead is an astonishing and ambitious collection, one that confronts, praises, and rebukes America--"Dear White America"--where every day is too often a funeral and not often enough a miracle.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 88 pages
  • 165 x 226 x 8mm | 181g
  • Graywolf Press
  • New York
  • English
  • 1555977855
  • 9781555977856
  • 119,257

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"Danez Smith is angry, erotic, politicized, innovative, classical, a formalist, an activist, and blends all of this without seeming tostrain. . . . This will be one of the year's essential books."--NPRshow more

About Danez Smith

Danez Smith is the author of [insert] boy, winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. Smith has received fellowships from the McKnight Foundation and the Poetry Foundation, and lives in Minneapolis.show more

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