Don't Call Us Dead Read Online Free - The highly anticipated second collection by Danez Smith--"Hallelujah is an understatement" (Patricia Smith)
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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April 02, 2017
This book is poetry as fierce fire. There is such intelligence and fervor in these poems about black men and their imperiled bodies, gay men and their impassioned bodies, what it means to be HIV positive, and so much more. Every poem impressed me, and particularly the epic poems. The level of cra...
January 26, 2018
After reading Rupi Kaur's gorgeous Milk and Honey (see my review), my first encounter with poetry in quite some time, I decided to delve a little deeper into the genre.
I picked up Danez Smith's Don't Call Us Dead , which was a finalist for the National Book Award for Poetry in 2017. At turns s...
December 20, 2017
Discussing and dissecting race, sexuality, America, HIV, gun crime, sex, police brutality, life and death... this is some of the most incredible and vital poetry I’ve ever read. A must read for all of us.
January 23, 2018
“dear ghost I made
I was raised with a healthy fear of the dark
I turned the light bright, but you just kept
being born, kept coming for me, kept being
so dark, I got sca… I was doing my job
dear badge number
what did I do wrong?
be born? be black? meet you?”
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This is one of the best poe...
January 29, 2018
These poems express outrage at the deaths of so many young black men. They are angry but also elegiac, powerful but often tender, sometimes simultaneously. They celebrate love and the complicated nature of our relationships. Gay love is often the focus but the poems while specific also (as all gr...
January 15, 2018
One of my goals this year is to read more poetry and I feel lucky to have started with a new book which totally gripped me with the intensity of its voice. The poems in “Don't Call Us Dead” by Danez Smith have the urgent force of a rallying cry. They pay tribute to individuals and groups who will...
November 21, 2017
my tears just kept rolling down my cheek as i read this unshakable poetry book. i cried from understanding, from witnessing, from the lack of knowing, from reading the truth.
“if we dream the old world
we wake up hands up.
sometimes we unfuneral a boy
who shot another boy to here
& who was once...
October 19, 2017
A thousand stars. I devoured this in one sitting. I may just have a new favourite poet.
February 18, 2018
Powerful and brave
October 10, 2017
Danez Smith of the most brilliant poets writing today! His ability to turn a phrase and move from tenderness to bitterness in a few lines is so unique. He truly holds nothing back in this brilliant new collection.