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Don't Call Us Dead (Digital Audiobook)

Poems

By Danez Smith, Danez Smith (Narrator)

Publication Date: January 13, 2020

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (9/5/2017)
Compact Disc (1/14/2020)
Compact Disc (1/14/2020)
Compact Disc (1/14/2020)
MP3 CD (1/14/2020)

Description

Finalist for the National Book Award for Poetry



Winner of the Forward Prize for Best Collection



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.


About the Author

Danez Smith is the author of Don't Call Us Dead, winner of the Forward Prize for Best Collection and a finalist for the National Book Award, and [insert boy], winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. They live in Minneapolis.