Don't Call Us Dead by Danez Smith

Don't Call Us Dead

Danez Smith

A powerful collection shaping raw emotions into fierce and jagged poetry which deals with being both gay and black in the USA. Though there is much about HIV/AIDS, prejudice and police brutality here there is also a lot of love and tenderness.


think: once, a white girl

was kidnapped & that's the Trojan War.


later, up the block, Troy got shot

& that was Tuesday, are we not worthy


of a city of ash? of 1,000 ships

launched because we are missed


i demand a war to bring the dead child back


i at least demand a song.    a head. 

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