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The highly anticipated collection by Danez Smith- 'One of the year's essential books' NPR

*A Finalist for the National Book Award for Poetry 2017*

*A Financial Times and Telegraph Book of the Year 2018*

' 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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781784742041
ISBN-10: 178474204X
Format: Paperback / softback
(228mm x 165mm x 8mm)
Pages: 112
Imprint: Chatto & Windus
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 18-Jan-2018
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Danez Smith

Danez Smith's debut poetry collection, (insert) boy, won the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the Lambda Literary Award. Smith has received fellowships from the McKnight Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, and has published poems in Granta, Poetry and The Best American Poetry. Smith lives in Minneapolis.

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