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  • Published: 5 March 2020
  • ISBN: 9781784743055
  • Imprint: Chatto & Windus
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 96
  • RRP: $30.00
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Homie




The highly anticipated new collection from 2018 Forward Prize winner and poetic star, Danez Smith.

"& colin kaepernick is my president, who kneels on the airbent toward a branch, throwing apples down to the children & vets& rihanna is my president, walking out of global summitswith wine glass in hand, our taxes returned in goldto dust our faces into coins& my mama is my president, her grace stuntson amazing, brown hands breaking brown bread overmouths of the hungry until there are none unfed& my grandma is my president & her cabinet is her cabinetcause she knows to trust what the pan knowshow the skillet wins the war" —from 'my president'

Danez Smith is our President.

A mighty anthem about the saving grace of friendship, Danez Smith's highly anticipated collection 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 friends, for yours.

  • Published: 5 March 2020
  • ISBN: 9781784743055
  • Imprint: Chatto & Windus
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 96
  • RRP: $30.00
Categories:

About the author

Danez Smith

Danez Smith is the author of Don’t Call Us Dead, winner of the Forward Prize for Best Collection, the Four Quartets Prize awarded by the Poetry Society of America, and a finalist for the National Book Award. They live in Minneapolis.

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Praise for Homie

Danez Smith has always been the most talented voice of our generation, but it’s here, in their third collection, that their virtuosic abilities are matched by the ambitiousness of their heart. Here, they’ve built a table big enough to hold all of it: the small shames that accompany grief, the ecstasy of chosen kinship, "your people, my people, all that hashappened / to us"

Franny Choi, author of Soft Science

I’d like to invent or order up new adjectives to describe the startling originality and ambition of Smith’s work. I’d like to unwrap some brand-new words, oddly pronged words, to convey their wary intelligence and open heart. Instead, I can only yoke together antonyms to convey anything of their particular vibration: their joy-dread, hunger-contentment, holy-profanity... The radiance of Homie arrives like a shock, like found money, like a flower fighting through concrete... This is a book full of the turbulence of thought and desire, piloted by a writer who never loses their way. That compass — provided by friends, influences, collaborators — stays steady.

Parul Sehgal, New York Times

This book reads as gospel, as righteous text that carves a religion out of friendship... Blessed be Danez Smith, for allowing us that closeness... Smith holds genius in them, and we are lucky that they choose to share it with usso abundantly

Fatimah Asghar, author of If They Come For Us

A deeply personal collection... and provocative and moving meditation on friendship, sex and blackness.

Guardian

Homie is how we survive – in verse... For Danez, friendship is a forest ripe with foliage and possibility... They offer us poems of seed and breath, charging us to reimagine the world as inhabitable and safe in this skin and these bodies beckoning us back to dirt

Tish Jones

Homie is deeply moving and funny… [and] a step change from Smith’s earlier work

Lanre Bakare, Guardian

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