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4.57  ·  Rating details ·  388 ratings  ·  82 reviews
Homie is Danez Smith’s magnificent anthem about the saving grace of friendship. Rooted in the loss of one of Smith’s close friends, this book comes out of the search for joy and intimacy within a nation where both can seem scarce and getting scarcer. In poems of rare power and generosity, Smith acknowledges that in a country overrun by violence, xenophobia, and disparity, ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published 2020 by Graywolf Press
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Roxane
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Homie (but really that isn't this book's title), is a love letter to friendship, the push and pull of it, the give and take, the good and bad. So many of these poems are unexpectedly moving. Warm. Smith plays with form in several poems. They bring an incredible level of depth and craft to writing about the friends we can't live without, the friends who are just passing through our lives, the differences that create borders between us, the things we try to make peace with so we might survive. ...more
Darryl Suite
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Every time I try to review poetry, I get mentally tongue-tied. Conveying my thoughts on poetry has never been my strong suit, even in school. But I wanted to find some way to highlight 'Homie,' Danez Smith’s new poetry collection because I really want everyone to give it a try (and this collection meant a lot to me). While reading ‘Homie,’ it becomes quite apparent, very early on, that ‘Homie’ is not the actual title of the collection. I’ll leave it at that. ‘Homie’ is a fiery collection about ...more
leynes
Jan 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: black-writers
I'll read anything that Danez Smith publishes. They are just that good. I know that a 3-stars-rating might seem too average to encompass the genius that Danez Smith is, but since I have read their entire body of work, I like to keep things into perspective. And if I compare Homie to its previous works - Black Movie (4 stars) and Don't Call Us Dead (5 stars) – it simple wasn't as good. (It was still good though, don't worry.)

With Homie, Danez wanted to write a book for their people, their
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Asia J
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
i love poetry rich in imagery that conveys the beautiful feeling of being utterly black. stunning, loved it.
Kent Winward
Jan 04, 2020 rated it liked it
I was at two stars, but I'm giving it three for one poem that made the torture of reading worthwhile.

I subscribed to the Rumpus' poetry book of the month club and I have a question for those at Rumpus. Are all current poets getting published LGBTQ, minorities, women, or some combination of the three? The requisite for getting the poems in front of people seems to be some sort of political litmus test. The problem with litmus tests like this is that the poems lack universality and verisimilitude,
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Billy
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Danez Smith’s third book is an offering to friendship, a reckoning of tensions that must be fought and resisted on a daily basis, and an observation of the large and small kindnesses that are necessary for life. This book exemplifies the personal as political, and the political as personal, with poems that simultaneously engage racism, xenophobia, violence, and more, while calling upon friends as a means of crossing into utopia. These poems are incantatory in the sense they are able to show the ...more
xTx xTx
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
i heart black poets, black poetry. Deep inside things flowing for decades, symbiotic and shouting. Needing to be heard, needing to teach their blood runs wet, warm and copper just the same as yours. A depth of understanding i'll never know, but keep trying. This book had so much.
Kathleen
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
dogs!
BY DANEZ SMITH

scooby-doo was trying to tell us something when every time that monster mask got snatched off it was a greedy white dude.




in ’97, a black comic gets on stage, says, you ever notice how white dogs be like woof woof & black dogs be like ruff ruff motherfuckaaaaa!!




the dog upstairs won’t shut up & i’ve thought of ending his little noisy life but i have to remember he matters he matters & if i did the brown girl upstairs would cry forever.



dog (n.): a man’s best
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ak
Jan 24, 2020 added it
beautiful poetry about grief and friendship (and Blackness specifically, which Danez says from the very first page)
Luke Gorham
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, 2020
No profound musings on this one. If you read Smith's work, you know what to expect. Perhaps a bit more inconsistent on a poembypoem basis than his last couple collections, but also still features Smith's ability to generate immense power with economy. Subpar Smith is still > most everything else.
Sarah
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: queer-canon, poetry, 2020
I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Opinions are my own.

To no one's surprise, I *love* this collection. Danez Smith is a high queen of poetry as far as I'm concerned. They have such fire in their lines, such incandescence in their stanzas, such breathtaking imagery and syntax that it's kind of hard to write anything coherent about how much I love their poetry. So instead I'll just point out a few thing I noticed that I liked:

-Recurring images of summer, trees,
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Ady
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Prompted by the suicide of a dear friend, Danez Smith poured their thoughts and emotions into poetry that attempts to make sense of the unexplainable. This work explores friendship on a deep level and leaves the reader nodding in acknowledgment of things that they have experienced, but never put into words. I have made an effort over the last few years to read more poetry. I am surprised by the quantity of amazing poetry being written today. Danez Smith makes the list of great contemporary ...more
Joy Messinger
[5 stars] A masterful ode to friendship and chosen family. Danez Smith’s use of language, imagery, metaphor is at times humorous but always vulnerable and moving. I was fortunate enough to attend a reading which only amplified the book’s impact; I appreciate how poetry is both a visual and auditory form in that way. My favorite poems were my president, fall poem, on faggotness, sometimes i wish i felt the side effects, what was said at the bus stop, undetectable, C.R.E.A.M., happy hour, and ...more
Eva
Absolutely beautiful. It took me 3 days to read this small paperback and it is glorious. Danez Smith writes about the love and loss of friends in a way that made me call my BFF of 20 years immediately. Be ready with tissues.

I checked this out at the library, but will be visiting my local bookstore because I need a copy of this book in my house.
Hannah
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poems
Danez Smith has the range. From anger to tenderness to irreverence to holiness to somehow all of the above at once. Do yourself a favor and buy two copies of this book, then give one to a best friend.
Theresa Connors
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Powerful collection of poems about survival, love, friendship, blackness.
Abby
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: queer-as-heck, poetry
& how many times have you loved me without my asking? / how often have i loved a thing because you loved it? / including me
Ebony Rose
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Danez Smith, you are perfect.
Jules Kelly
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“what animorph did you want to be? i wanted to be the boy who turned into the bird limp in the dog’s wet mouth, holding me toward his human saying, i made this for you.”
Duuna D
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Homie—— feels like home.
feels like they was watching me
with my uncles. with my aunts.
with my struggles. with my home girls.
in my real world.

feels like living next door to my cousins
all through elementary school.
Like when I use to knock on their door
to come play outside.
so familiar.

like I ain’t by myself.
like they saw it too.
like they tell me the truth.
like a sign that says, “no lies here”.

-Duuna D.

S/n: yes I wrote my review as a poem.
Jaylen Strong
Feb 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Abundant with tenderness & full of the magic act of digging the self out of the dirt of grief to sit with everything that still lives. Danez Smith is so smart, humorous, human, & 100% nigga & 100% gay as hell & 100% still searching.
Demarcus Robinson
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-reads
I don't know if I can adequately describe this book other than fucking beautiful. I think I'm going to immediately re-read it and make it a really read. The way my chest and stomach felt during many oh these poems made it feel like the big drop on a rollercoaster and I loved it.
Ezra BW
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, poetry
Dazzling and furious - Homie is a sharp, swaggering, melodic collection of lexical propane.
Kaylee
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a knockout. Danez Smith knows how to write survival in a way that brings me back to their poems over and over again.
Afton Montgomery
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Danez Smith has words more full of fireworks that anything else and uses their glow to light up all of the mundanities and the extremes of friendship. Hope is the doctrine of this book, but it’s not an ignorant hope at all; it’s a hope educated by the power of platonic intimacy to redeem. This collection is a must-read.
Alexander
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely amazing.
Lauren
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
These exuberant poems celebrate survival, loss, love, difference, but central to the entire collection is the life-preserving force of friendship. To be known and to know others is a privilege and a gift. Smith plays with form and language in such a vibrant way that reveals an edge of urgency just beneath the skin. This is also a collection that rattles the way we use language and recognize each other. Some words are not for everyone; the book’s titles speak to this point. There’s so much here ...more
Jennifer
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
HOMIE packs a lyrical punch with repetition that bounces off reminding me of conversations, internal thoughts, and many a reflection. I re-read and re-read every single poem to further digest because it deserves to be savored. Some favorites include: "Shout out to my n****s in Mexico" and "trees!" and "Acknowledgments."
Jay Moran
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
they disrupt themselves with your body
& call it your fault, bury you in night
but dark is cheap dirt, temporary earth.
with the sun comes the news of you.
another.
another.
from the poem the fat one with the switch

4.5
Danez Smith is the reason I love poetry as much as I do today. After university, I kind of fell out of love with it, but keeping my favourites like Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton. When I became the head of poetry in the bookshop I work in, I felt like I had to start reading
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