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Don’t Call Us Dead: Poems
by Danez Smith

Publication Date: Sep 05, 2017
List Price: $16.00
Format: Paperback, 96 pages
Classification: Poetry
ISBN13: 9781555977856
Imprint: Graywolf Press
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Parent Company: Graywolf Press

Paperback Description:

The highly anticipated second collection by Danez Smith?“Hallelujah is an understatement” (Patricia Smith)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.

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