Don't Call Us Dead: Poems
"Danez Smith is angry, erotic, politicized, innovative, classical, a formalist, an activist, and blends all of this without seeming to strain. . . . This will be one of the year's essential books."--Craig Morgan Teicher, NPR"[An] achingly gorgeous poetry collection by the brilliant Danez Smith. . . . There is a hope here, pleas and prayer; these poems pierce and they burn, they work as incantations, they lift you up, but refuse to settle you back down. They are miraculous, sublime; if you do one thing for yourself this summer, let it be to read this book, and linger over each and every word."--Nylon"This book is poetry as fierce fire. There is such intelligence and fervor in these poems about black men and their imperiled bodies, gay men and their impassioned bodies, what it means to be HIV positive, and so much more. Every poem impressed me, and the level of craft here is impeccable. Loved this one."--Roxane Gay"Danez Smith's is a voice we need now more than ever as living, feeling, complex, and conflicted beings. These poems of love extend beyond the erotic into the struggle for unity--not despite the realities of race but precisely because of what race has caused us to make of and do to one another. Don't Call Us Dead gives me a dose of hope at a time when such a thing feels hard to come by. This is a mighty work, and a tremendous offering."--Tracy K. Smith, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Life on Mars"In an America that conspires against black, brown, queer, and trans bodies, Danez Smith writes poems of insistence and resistance; they anticipate a better world for all of us 'where everything is sanctuary & nothing is a gun.'"--D. A. Powell"Danez Smith is an original. . . . If you have ever lost faith, if you want to believe in life, then you must read this book--it will humble and uplift you, leave you understanding that in the face of it all, there is only awe."--Chris Abani "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."--NPR
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.