Homie

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, 2020, 2019, poetry, 2020-reads, poetry, Poetry, GLBT, LGBT

Homie 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.

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Title:Homie
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781644450109
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    Homie Reviews

  • Roxane

    Homie (but really that isn't this book's title), is a love letter to friendship, the push and pull of it, the give and take, the good and bad. So many of these poems are unexpectedly moving. Warm. Smi...

  • Paris (parisperusing)

    Let me catch my breath first....

  • Billy

    Danez Smith’s third book is an offering to friendship, a reckoning of tensions that must be fought and resisted on a daily basis, and an observation of the large and small kindnesses that are necess...

  • Kent Winward

    I was at two stars, but I'm giving it three for one poem that made the torture of reading worthwhile.I subscribed to the Rumpus' poetry book of the month club and I have a question for those at Rumpus...

  • xTx xTx

    i heart black poets, black poetry. Deep inside things flowing for decades, symbiotic and shouting. Needing to be heard, needing to teach their blood runs wet, warm and copper just the same as yours. A...

  • Sarah

    I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Opinions are my own.To no one's surprise, I *love* this collection. Danez Smith is a high queen of poetry as far as I'm concerned...

  • ak

    beautiful poetry about grief and friendship (and Blackness specifically, which Danez says from the very first page)...

  • Afton Montgomery

    Danez Smith has words more full of fireworks that anything else and uses their glow to light up all of the mundanities and the extremes of friendship. Hope is the doctrine of this book, but it’s not...

  • Alexander

    Absolutely amazing....

  • Lauren

    These exuberant poems celebrate survival, loss, love, difference, but central to the entire collection is the life-preserving force of friendship. To be known and to know others is a privilege and a g...