Passion Project Bookclub Presents: Don't Call Us Dead

#BTS at Buffalo Street Books in Downtown Ithaca

We're rethinking what the important reads and classics should be when it comes to reading. On this premiere episode of the Passion Project Bookclub, Daniela Rivero and Kate Sustick talk about "Don't Call Us Dead;" a book of poetry by black, queer author, Danez Smith.


Brought to you by a collaboration with Buffalo Street Books

Director and Camera Operator: Alyssa Mendelsohn

Sound: Edward Willshire

Producer: Kylee Roberts


"Award-winning poet Danez Smith is a groundbreaking force, celebrated for deft lyrics, urgent subjects, and performative power. Don’t Call Us Dead opens with a heartrending sequence that imagines an afterlife for black men shot by police, a place where suspicion, violence, and grief are forgotten and replaced with the safety, love, and longevity they deserved here on earth. Smith turns then to desire, mortality―the dangers experienced in skin and body and blood―and a diagnosis of HIV positive. “Some of us are killed / in pieces,” Smith writes, “some of us all at once.” Don’t Call Us Dead is an astonishing and ambitious collection, one that confronts, praises, and rebukes America―“Dear White America”―where every day is too often a funeral and not often enough a miracle."

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