Written by Danez Smith

Homie is Danez Smith’s magnificent anthem about the saving grace of friendship.

Rooted in the loss of a close friend, Smith's poems acknowledge 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.

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Danez Smith

Danez Smith is the author of Homie (Graywolf Press, 2020) and Don't Call Us Dead (Graywolf Press, 2017), winner of the Forward Prize for Best Collection and a National Book Award Finalist.