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Don't Call Us Dead
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Winner of the Forward Prize for Best Collection 2018





 `[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 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.













Danez Smith (b. 1989, St. Paul, Minnesota) writes poems which are simultaneously jubilant and confrontational. Their debut, [insert] Boy, won the Lambda Literary Award and the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. After their poem ‘dear white america’- included in Don’t Call Us Dead - was featured on PBS NewsHour, Smith’s performance received 300,000 YouTube views in the space of a few days.





Smith is African-American, queer, gender-neutral and HIV positive. They first became aware of the possibilities of contemporary poetry through HBO’s ‘Def Poetry’, and honed their performance skills with theatre training and slams (Smith is the reigning Rustbelt Individual Champion). The poems which excite them most, they say, are those which ‘through language, better equip me to re-enter the world and proceed vigorously’. 











Fiction & PoetryPoetryPoetry by individual poets Publisher: Vintage Publishing Publication Date: 18/01/2018 ISBN-13: 9781784742041  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Danez Smith's debut poetry collection, [insert] boy, won the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the Lambda Literary Award. Smith has received fellowships from the McKnight Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, and has published poems in Granta, Poetry and The Best American Poetry. Smith lives in Minneapolis.

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Queer, black and HIV +, Danez Smith's voice is one of the most exciting and essential in contemporary poetry. This collection blew me away. Almost every line led me to exclaim, "this is good, really good". There isn't a poem here that fails to live up to the extraordinary praise heaped upon Smith's work. That he manages to pull off a moving ( yes, it made me cry) poem about gay dating apps is reason enough to pick up this collection.

James, Charing Cross Road

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 05/10/2018

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