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Don't Call us Dead : : Poems

Smith, Danez. Book - 2017 811.6 Sm, Adult Book / Nonfiction / Literary Arts / Plays & Poetry / Smith, Danez 1 On Shelf 2 requests on 4 copies Community Rating: 3 out of 5

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Call Number: 811.6 Sm, Adult Book / Nonfiction / Literary Arts / Plays & Poetry / Smith, Danez
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Dear white America -- Dinosaurs n the hood -- It won't be a bullet -- Last summer of innocence -- A note on Vaseline -- A note on the phone app that tells me how far I am from other men's mouths -- & even the black guy's profile reads sorry, no black guy -- O nigga O -- ...nigga -- At the down-low house party -- Bare -- Seroconversion -- Fear of needles -- Recklessly -- Elegy with pixels and cum -- Litany with blood all over -- It began right here -- Crown -- Blood hangover -- 1 in 2 -- Every day is a funeral & a miracle -- Not an elegy -- A note on the body -- You're dead, America -- Strange dowry -- Tonight, in Oakland -- Little prayer -- Dream where every black person is standing by the ocean.
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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Minneapolis, Minnesota : Graywolf Press, [2017]
Year Published: 2017
Description: 88 pages ; 23 cm.
Language: English
Format: Book


Bemis/Flaherty Collection of Gay Poetry.

African American men -- Poetry.
African American men -- Violence against -- Poetry.
HIV-positive men -- Poetry.
Gay men -- Poetry.
Transgender people -- Poetry.
Gay erotic poetry.
Spoken word poetry.
Minnesota -- Poets.