Downtown Springfield Association
February Poetry Discussion and Open Mic Night! — at Pagination Bookshop

February Poetry Discussion and Open Mic Night! — at Pagination Bookshop

February, 21 2020 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

This month, we’ll be reading and discussing the poetry of Danez Smith! The poetry discussion begins at 5 PM, and the open mic begins at 6. Please keep readings to five minutes as to allow time for all to share!


“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.”—New York Times

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, and in a body defined by race, queerness, and diagnosis, it can be hard to survive, even harder to remember reasons for living. But then the phone lights up, or a shout comes up to the window, and family—blood and chosen—arrives with just the right food and some redemption. Part friendship diary, part bright elegy, part war cry, Homie is the exuberant new book written for Danez and for Danez’s friends and for you and for yours.