“As this stunning collection unfolds, the speaker weaves personal sickness with societal ills, wondering just how will I survive the little cops running inside my veins.”
Featured in Washington Post’s Best Poetry Collections of 2017.
Don’t Call Us Dead, the highly anticipated collection starts with showcasing a fantasy world and ends on a dreamy note. Danez Smith, the award-winning poet, is renowned all over the world for her clever lyrics and focus on subjects which need attention. With the lines which Smith writes early in the poem, “Each night, I count my brothers. & in the morning, when some do not survive to be counted, I count the holes they leave,” she presents an image of refusal and gives a call never to accept that which should be unacceptable in society.
The book is an amazing and electrifying collection that shows love for America on the one hand and rebukes it for an injustice done to the blacks on the other hand. The way she calls, “Dear White America–where every day is too often a funeral and not often enough a miracle” shows the way she chides the nation and its people for being unjust towards blacks.
The book directly questions American racism and calls for change in the system. It confronts America for its violence against citizens who were not considered to be a part of the heterosexual majority. In the end, Smith maintains a hopeful approach with which a new beginning might commence.
The book also got a place in Washington Post’s Best Poetry Collections of 2017 which is a tremendous achievement in itself. Apart from this, it was also the finalist for the National book award for poetry