• Don't Call Us Dead

  • Poems
  • By: Danez Smith
  • Narrated by: Danez Smith
  • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (56 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2017 Danez Smith (P)2020 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
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Loved this with all my heart

This. Book. Was. Everything
😱😱😱 I read the book, I listened to the audio and then I listened to the audio while reading the book (which I HIGHLY recommend doing) because even how these poems are written on paper is just great.
#DontCallUsDead is a collection of poetry (yo! I'm still amazed how much I'm getting into poetry!) centered around blackness, around queerness around life and the black experience.
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EVERY poem was intense and full of emotion and grit. I am now such a fan of #DanezSmith and I need to check out their other works because damn, what an introduction. -_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-_-
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Hauntingly brilliant

I've never felt so personally engulfed in the stories within these poems. I could listen to this like I would my favorite album. it was an honor to listen to the writer's interpretation of his masterpiece.

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great content and great listening experience

it is time to buy the kindle version of this collection.
this one is rich, beautiful, painful, inspiring and real

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