Danez Smith is the author of [insert] Boy (2014, YesYes Books), a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and the Norma Farber First Book Award. His second collection will be published by Graywolf Press in 2017. His work has appeared in Poetry Magazine, Beloit Poetry Journal, Buzzfeed, Blavity, and Ploughshares, among other publications. Danez is a 2014 Ruth Lilly - Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellow and a two-time Individual World Poetry Slam finalist, placing second in 2014. He edits for The Offing and is a founding member of 2 collectives, Dark Noise and Sad Boy Supper Club.
becoming a little moon — brightwarm in me one night.
Thank God. I can go quietly. The doctor will explain death
& I’ll go practice.
In the catalogue of ways to kill a black boy, find me
buried between the pages stuck together
with red sweet stick. Ironic, predictable. Look at me.
I’m not the kind of black man who dies on the news.
I’m the kind that grows thinner & thinner & thinner
until light outweighs us, & we become it, family
gathered around my barely body telling me to go