Don't Call Us Dead

Don't Call Us Dead


Book - 2017
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Smith's unflinching poetry addresses race, class, sexuality, faith, social justice, mortality, and the challenges of living HIV positive at the intersection of black and queer identity. The collection 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 on earth. "Dear White America," which Smith performed at the 2014 Rustbelt Midwest Region Poetry Slam, has as strong an impact on the page as it did on the spoken word stage. Smith's courage and hope amidst the struggle for unity in America will humble and uplift you.
Publisher: Minneapolis, Minnesota : Graywolf Press, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781555977856
Branch Call Number: 811.6 SMITH
Characteristics: 88 pages ; 23 cm
Alternative Title: Do not call us dead


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Danez Smith’s second collection of poetry, Don’t Call Us Dead, is an evocative exploration of being Black and queer in a country steeped in police brutality and systemic racism.

Danez Smith is an award-winning poet and a founding member of the Dark Noise Collective. Their second collection is an evocative exploration of being a Black queer man in America.

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Jun 28, 2020

A very powerful poetry collection. Worth following along on audio.

Jun 23, 2018

This was a very good book of poems. There isn't much poetry (or books in general) written from the perspective of a gay Black man so this book was much needed.

Apr 06, 2018

I don't even know where to start talking about this book. It reached right into my chest and wrung out my heart. Here's a few lines from Smith's poem "seroconversion" that can tell you better than I can why you should read this:

one day, the boy with a difficult name
laid with a boy who shall remain
nameless in the sun & they rolled around
waiting for something to burn. the next
day, the boy with the difficult name
woke up in a blue sweat, walked the rim
of the lake & though nothing burned,
something was growing from ashes, for
mosquitos flew away from his skin, ticks
latched onto his ankle & turned to
smoke, weeds & willows bowed green
spines to him & he swore he heard the
dirt singing his name

saying it right

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.


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