“These poems can’t make history vanish, but they can contend against it with the force of a restorative imagination. Smith’s work is about that imagination—its role in repairing and sustaining communities, and in making the world more bearable.” —New Yorker
Poet, performer, and multidisciplinary artist Danez Smith has galvanized diverse communities nationwide with their profound contemplations on race and gender, desire and mortality. A finalist for the National Book Award, Smith’s volume Don’t Call Us Dead (2017) confronts a too often violent, racist, and homophobic America with hope in the form of resistance, humor, sexuality, and rebirth. Celebrating the release of their new collection Homie (Graywolf Press, January 2020), which reflects on friendship and community, the St. Paul–based artist hosts a range of local and national artist friends whose work spans poetry, music, dance, and performance, including Chicago-based singer/composer Jamila Woods and poet/filmmaker Fatimah Asghar, among others.
Presented in association with Graywolf Press.
Contains mature content.
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