Don't Call Us Dead

Don't Call Us Dead


Paperback - 2017
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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.

Publisher: Minneapolis, Minnesota : Graywolf Press, [2017]
ISBN: 9781555977856
Branch Call Number: PS3619.M5748 A6 2017x
PS3619.M5748 A6 2017x
Characteristics: 88 pages ; 23 cm
Uniform Title: Do not call us dead


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SPPL_Kristen Mar 14, 2018

A beautiful, heart-wrenching collection. Smith brings an important voice and perspective to the table and does so in unique, exciting ways.

Jan 27, 2018

The hype for Danez Smith is deserved. This collection features some of the most vital poetry of our time. It is both a labor of craft and also accessible enough for your grandparents to read.

Dec 30, 2017

Angry, erotic, the whole package (including format/layout) is a creative masterpiece.


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