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Homie

Homie

"If you know the poetry of Danez Smith, their name alone should be enough to convince you that you need this book. But if that isn't enough. . . .

This collection is an ode to Black friendship, a love letter to Black survival, a gospel sung to the diaspora. What a blessing to exist in the same time as work such as this."

Kaleigh O.

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Author Danez Smith
Publisher Graywolf Press
Publication Date 2020-01-21
Section New Titles - Paperback / Poetry / All Staff Suggestions / Fiction Suggestions / Kaleigh O.
Type New
Format Paperback
ISBN 9781644450109

Danez Smith is our president

Homie is Danez Smith’s magnificent anthem about the saving grace of friendship. Rooted in the loss of one of Smith’s close friends, this book comes out of the search for joy and intimacy within a nation where both can seem scarce and getting scarcer. In poems of rare power and generosity, Smith acknowledges that in a country overrun by violence, xenophobia, and disparity, and in a body defined by race, queerness, and diagnosis, it can be hard to survive, even harder to remember reasons for living. But then the phone lights up, or a shout comes up to the window, and family―blood and chosen―arrives with just the right food and some redemption.

Part friendship diary, part bright elegy, part war cry, Homie is the exuberant new book written for Danez and for Danez’s friends and for you and for yours.

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