“In their third collection, Danez Smith shakes to life the parts of people that have gone to sleep waiting for this time in the world to be over. Those emotions that raise up too much anger or grief — all of them are alive again and seen and spoken for with utmost care and a tremendously welcome sense of humor. Pick this book up and carry it with you everywhere. It can be like a video game heart for you, and who doesn’t need an extra heart?”
— Luis Lopez, Moon Palace Books, Minneapolis, MN
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“It takes a certain grace to hold inconceivable amounts of pain and the fiercest kinds of joy in your heart at once, and to write about it with the elegance, clarity, humor that Danez Smith does is something else entirely. Homie carries a kind of weight no one collection should have to, yet each poem is a reminder that there are infinite ways to love through ache and cut through anguish. These poems are a gift.”
— Sophia Kaufman, Book Culture, New York, NY
Danez Smith is our presidentHomie 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.