• Don't Call Us Dead by Danez Smith

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ISBN 9781784742041

*A FINALIST FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR POETRY 2017*`[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.

Product details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Chatto & Windus (18 Jan. 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 178474204X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1784742041
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 0.8 x 22.8 cm