Danez & the Homies

Start: 
Friday, January 31, 2020 - 6:30pm
Location: 
2421 Bissonnet Street
Houston, TX 77006

In 2017, Graywolf Press published Danez Smith’s brilliant and powerful Don’t Call Us Dead, which was a finalist for the National Book Award for Poetry, winner of the UK’s Forward Prize for Best Collection, and winner of the Poetry Society of America's Four Quartets Prize. Published to widespread acclaim, including three starred pre-publication reviews, the book is a searing exploration of racism, police brutality, desire, and mortality. The Washington Post called it a “stunning collection” and the New Yorker wrote, “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.”

Now, Smith is back with their highly anticipated third collection, Homie. A magnificent anthem about the saving grace of friendship, Homie is rooted in their search for joy and intimacy in a time where both are scarce. 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 written for friends: for Danez’s, for yours.


Danez Smith is the author of Homie, Don’t Call Us Dead, winner of the Forward Prize for Best Collection and a finalist for the National Book Award, and [insert boy], winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. They live in Minneapolis. www.danezsmithpoet.com 

Homie: Poems Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781644450109
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Graywolf Press - January 21st, 2020