Don't Call Us Dead

Poems
Product Number: EB00691941
Released: Sep 05, 2017
Business Term: 52 Circ / 730 Day
ISBN: #9781555979775
Publisher: Graywolf Press
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Description

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.

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Author(s): Danez Smith
Awards:2017-Poetry-Shortlist-The National Book Award
Original Publish Date: Sep 05, 2017

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