Don't Call Us Dead

Don't Call Us Dead Review

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.

Title:Don't Call Us Dead
Edition Language:English

    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • 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 posit...

  • 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 ...

  • “dear ghost I madeI was raised with a healthy fear of the darkI turned the light bright, but you just keptbeing born, kept coming for me, kept beingso dark, I got sca… I was doing my jobdear badge...

  • A thousand stars. I devoured this in one sitting. I may just have a new favourite poet....

  • 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 wor...

  • 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 ne...

  • history is what it is. it knows what it did.This is a stellar collection. Danez Smith's poems document the many forces, external and internal, that imperil black bodies: suicide, self-hatred, police v...

  • ... I’ve accepted what I was givenbe it my name or be it my ender’s verdictwhen I was born, I was born a bull’s eye 🦊 My ThoughtsThis is the best poetry collection I’ve ever had the plea...

  • I read poetry. I have for years and there are several writers whom I have always enjoyed, like the standard: Robert Frost. My teenage daughter has turned me on to a few newer and contemporary writers ...

  • Not bad but not great either. More like three and one-half (3 1/2) stars. Danez Smith writes of being a gay black man in a society and natural world that literally seeks to kill gay black men and wher...