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Don't call us dead : poems

By: Smith, Danez (Author)

Part of the Chatto poetry series
178474204X / 9781784742041
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23 cm 88 pages
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Reprint. Originally published: Minneapolis: Graywolf Press, 2017.

*WINNER OF THE FORWARD PRIZE FOR BEST COLLECTION 2018**A Finalist for the National Book Award for Poetry 2017**A Financial Times and Telegraph Book of the Year 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.


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