What a treat to interview National Book Award Finalist poet Danez Smith! There's some powerful stuff in Danez's book Don't Call Us Dead--like a long (segmented) opening poem imagining an alternate heaven for black boys killed by police violence. Their work (Danez prefers a neutral pronoun) is so on-point for right now, and lyrical and joyful at the same time. My current favorite is this one: "Dinosaurs in the Hood."
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