Reviews

  • I’d like to invent or order up new adjectives to describe the startling originality and ambition of Smith’s work. I’d like to unwrap some brand-new words, oddly pronged words, to convey their wary intelligence and open heart. Instead, I can only yoke together antonyms to convey anything of their particular vibration: their joy-dread, hunger-contentment, holy-profanity... The radiance of Homie arrives like a shock, like found money, like a flower fighting through concrete... This is a book full of the turbulence of thought and desire, piloted by a writer who never loses their way. That compass — provided by friends, influences, collaborators — stays steady.

    Parul Sehgal, New York Times
  • A deeply personal collection... and provocative and moving meditation on friendship, sex and blackness.

    Guardian
  • Danez Smith has always been the most talented voice of our generation, but it’s here, in their third collection, that their virtuosic abilities are matched by the ambitiousness of their heart. Here, they’ve built a table big enough to hold all of it: the small shames that accompany grief, the ecstasy of chosen kinship, "your people, my people, all that hashappened / to us"

    Franny Choi, author of Soft Science
  • This book reads as gospel, as righteous text that carves a religion out of friendship... Blessed be Danez Smith, for allowing us that closeness... Smith holds genius in them, and we are lucky that they choose to share it with usso abundantly

    Fatimah Asghar, author of If They Come For Us
  • Homie is how we survive – in verse... For Danez, friendship is a forest ripe with foliage and possibility... They offer us poems of seed and breath, charging us to reimagine the world as inhabitable and safe in this skin and these bodies beckoning us back to dirt

    Tish Jones
  • Homie is deeply moving and funny… [and] a step change from Smith’s earlier work

    Lanre Bakare, Guardian
  • The president of black voices in poetry. Smith uses their new collection to explore the ideas of friendship, intimacy and comfort

    Stylist
  • A collection to read as we reflect on the challenges 2020 has presented to us all

    Maria Crawford, Financial Times, *Books of the Year*
  • Homie felt like a book for this year as we learned to look after one another in new ways

    Željka Maroševic, White Review
  • [Homie] filled me with pure joy. It is a book as inventive, funny, sad, warm and sharp as any I've ever read

    Yaa Gyasi, Techregister, *Books of the Year*

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