Don't Call Us Dead

Don't Call Us Dead

Fiction & Poetry, Poetry
Paperback Published on: 18/01/2018
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Award-winning poet Danez Smith is a ground-breaking 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 an HIV-positive diagnosis. '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 an America where every day is too often a funeral and not often enough a miracle. A Finalist for the National Book Award for Poetry 2017 

  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781784742041
  • Number of pages: 112
  • Weight: 155g
  • Dimensions: 228 x 165 x 8 mm

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Don't Call Us Dead
Completely heartbreaking
A heart-breaking description of what it means to be black, gay and HIV positive, Danez Smith brings a tear to the eye. "i don't doubt that anything is po... READ MORE
Natasha Pallen