Anticipation was building even before their poem “You’re Dead, America” appeared on Buzzfeed the day after the 2016 presidential election. Thankfully, Danez Smith's singularly arresting second collection of poems, Don't Call Us Deadis finally here.


Roxane Gay has already called it “poetry as fierce fire.”  Incoming US Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith said, “This is a mighty work, and a tremendous offering.” It received starred reviews in Publishers WeeklyLibrary Journal, and Booklist. Earlier this year on NPR, poet and critic Craig Morgan Teicher said, “Danez Smith is angry, erotic, politicized, innovative, classical, a formalist, an activist, and blends all of this without seeming to strain. . . .This will be one of the year’s essential books.”


Independent booksellers from across the country have been some of Smith's earliest and most passionate advocates. Their support put Don’t Call Us Dead on the September IndieNext List and made it a Midwest Connections pick. You can click through the links below to purchase a copy directly from any of these stores.


“A first book of prayers for their people, our country and this moment.”

—Colin McDonald, Seminary Co-op, Chicago, IL


“Every syllable [is] thick with a rarefied and blessed air.”

—Mairead Small Staid, Literati Bookstore, Ann Arbor, MI


“Calling it necessary is not enough.”

—Tyler Goodson, Avid Bookshop, Athens, GA


“Anguished and unsparing.”

—Lydia McOscar, Brookline Booksmith, Brookline, MA


“The perfect book to read after watching Moonlight.”

—Kenny Coble, King’s Books, Tacoma, WA


“Imbued with summer, with queer youthfulness, with sexuality, with anger and praise.”

—Elizabeth Willis, Avid Bookshop, Athens, GA


“Angry, passionate, and full of lines with the concision and urgency of protest slogans.”

—Laurie Greer, Politics & Prose, Washington DC


“One of the most important books I've ever had the chance to sell.”

—Hans Weyandt, Milkweed Books, Minneapolis, MN


“Powerful and provocative images.”

—Matt Kelliher, SubText Books, St. Paul, MN