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Don't Call Us Dead

Danez Smith

Top 10 Best Quotes

“...paradise is a world where everything is a sanctuary & nothing is a gun...”

“who knew my haven would be my coffin? dead is the safest i've ever been. i've never been so alive.”

“prediction: the cop will walk free prediction: the boy will still be dead”

“Dear badge number. What did I do wrong? be born? be black? meet you?”

“i've left in search of a new God. i do not trust the God you have given us. my grandmother's hallelujah is only outdone by the fear she nurses every time the blood-fat summer swallows another child who used to sing in the choir. take you God back. though his songs are beautiful, his miracles are inconsistent.”

“little black boy on the bus with his toy dinosaur, his eyes wide & endless his dreams possible, pulsing, & right there”

“they've made you a boy i don't know replaced my friend with a hashtag.”

“dear badge number what did i do wrong? be born? be black? meet you?”

“& she looks back with eyes that say they said I was a princess, that I'd come to see you but you assumed flowers when I prefer a bouquet of swords.”

“one day, the boy with a difficult name laid with a boy who shall remain nameless in the sun & they rolled a round waiting for something to burn. the next day, the boy with the difficult name woke up in a blue sweat, walked the rim of the lake & though nothing burned, something was growing from the ashes, for mosquitos flew away from his skin, ticks latched onto his ankle & turned to smoke, weeds & willows bowed green spines to him & he swore he heard the dirt singing his name saying it right”

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Book Keywords:

summer-somewhere, black-lives-matter, miracles, lgbt, god, death, paradise, gun-reform, life, danez-smith, peace, don-t-call-us-dead, poetry

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