Black Movie by Danez Smith


Danez Smith identifies as a black, queer, poz writer, currently living in St. Paul, Minnesota. Danez Smith is the author of, Don’t Call Us Dead, a finalist for the National Book Award, and [Insert] Boy, winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry. Danez Smith is also the author of two chapbooks, Hand on Ya Knees, and Black Movie, winner of the Button Poetry Prize. He is also the recipient of fellowships from the Poetry Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, and is a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow.

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“These harrowing poems make montage, make mirrors, make elegiac biopic, make “dope ass trailer with a hundred black children / smiling into the camera & the last shot is the wide mouth of a pistol.” That’s no spoiler alert, but rather, Smith’s way–saying & laying it beautifully bare. A way of desensitizing the reader from his own defenses each time this long, Black Movie repeats.”

– Marcus Wicker, author of Silencer

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