Don't Call Us Dead

Don't Call Us Dead

Poems

Book - 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 :, Graywolf,, [2017]
ISBN: 9781555977856
1555977855
Call Number: 811.6 Sm542d
Characteristics: 88 pages ; 23 cm

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2017 National Book Award nominee. An astonishing and ambitious collection, one that confronts, praises, and rebukes "Dear White America" where every day is too often a funeral and not often enough a miracle.


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