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Part of Your America

Kevin Okoth: Danez Smith and Jericho Brown, 19 November 2020

Homie 
by Danez Smith.
Chatto, 96 pp., £10.99, February, 978 1 78474 305 5
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The Tradition 
by Jericho Brown.
Picador, 72 pp., £10.99, August 2019, 978 1 5290 2047 2
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... Danez Smith​ ’s prose poem ‘Dear White America’, published in Don’t Call Us Dead (2017), brought Allen Ginsberg’s ‘America’ into the present and gave it a more urgent register: ‘we did not build your prisons (though we did & we fill them too). we did not ask to be part of your America … i can’t stand your ground ...

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