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Don't call us dead: poems
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Minneapolis, Minnesota : Graywolf Press, [2017].
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Finalist for the National Book Award for Poetry Winner of the Forward Prize for Best Collection "[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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Includes bibliographical references (page 85).
Description
Smith's unflinching poetry addresses race, class, sexuality, faith, social justice, mortality, and the challenges of living HIV positive at the intersection of black and queer identity. The collection 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 on earth. "Dear White America," which Smith performed at the 2014 Rustbelt Midwest Region Poetry Slam, has as strong an impact on the page as it did on the spoken word stage. Smith's courage and hope amidst the struggle for unity in America will humble and uplift you.
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National Book Award finalist.
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APA Citation (style guide)

Smith, D. (2017). Don't call us dead: poems. Minneapolis, Minnesota: Graywolf Press.

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Smith, Danez. 2017. Don't Call Us Dead: Poems. Minneapolis, Minnesota: Graywolf Press.

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Smith, Danez, Don't Call Us Dead: Poems. Minneapolis, Minnesota: Graywolf Press, 2017.

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Smith, Danez. Don't Call Us Dead: Poems. Minneapolis, Minnesota: Graywolf Press, 2017. Print.

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