Danez Smith was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, and received an MFA from the University of Michigan. Smith is the author of Homie, forthcoming from Graywolf Press in 2020, Don’t Call Us Dead (Graywolf Press, 2017), which was short-listed for the National Book Award, and [insert] boy (YesYes Books, 2014), winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry. The recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, they co-host the podcast VS alongside Franny Choi. Smith lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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& even the black guy’s profile reads 'sorry, no black guys'
imagine a tulip, upon seeing a garden full of tulips, sheds its petals in disgust, prays some bee will bring its pollen to a rose bush. imagine shadows longing for a room with light in every direction. you look in the mirror & see a man you refuse to love. small child sleeping near Clorox, dreaming of soap suds & milk, if no one has told you, you are a beautiful & lovable & black & enough & so—you pretty you—am i.