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“this ain’t about language/ but who language holds.” I finished reading Homie by Danez Smith a little while ago and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since. These poems are simultaneously searing, laugh out loud funny (starting even at the title page and authors note) and thought provoking. Danez’s previous collection, Don’t Call Us Dead, is one of my all time favorites and in Homie, similar ideas of how we see and confront violence against black bodies are back. But while the poems in Don’t Call Us Dead feel elegiac, this time around they’ve metastasized into something sharper, harder and angrier. I so highly recommend! And one more quote: “say it with your whole black mouth: i am innocent./ & if you are not innocent, say this: i am worthy/ of forgiveness, of breath after breath.”

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