Homie

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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...

  • Michael

    A dynamic collection of poems exploring friendship, Blackness, queerness, solidarity, and so much more, from one of the country’s most inventive poets. Some of the poems shine more brightly than oth...

  • Thomas

    Loved the unapologetic blackness and queerness of this poetry collection. I appreciate Danez Smith’s centering of friendship in this collection and their confident, sensitive approach to addressing ...

  • Paris (parisperusing)

    what good is hiding the gun & locking the cabinet if the boycan still find his own hands? if anything that loops can be a rope?I was born into a masculine body, but I was not born into masculinity. I ...

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)

    As summarized by Smith, this collection is about "intimacy, love, suicidal ideation, and 'when does the revolution start for your loved ones'" which seems rather timely. Everyone should buy it and rea...

  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)

    I found great depth of emotion in this poetry collection. The poems centered mainly around love and appreciation of those close to you, whether by family, friendship, or just kinship through shared ex...

  • leynes

    I'll read anything that Danez Smith publishes. They are just that good. I know that a 3-stars-rating might seem too average to encompass the genius that Danez Smith is, but since I have read their ent...

  • Drew

    6 out of 5.As vibrant and joyful as the neon cover, even when Smith is dealing with such heavy topics as suicide, HIV status, and the American racist. I don't think I've ever read a poem collection li...

  • Darryl Suite

    Every time I try to review poetry, I get mentally tongue-tied. Conveying my thoughts on poetry has never been my strong suit, even in school. But I wanted to find some way to highlight 'Homie,' Danez ...

  • Aleatha Terrell

    “& how many times have you loved me without my asking?/how often have I loved a thing because you loved it?/including me.”...