Danez Smith Poems

Danez Smith is an important contemporary American poet whose Don’t Call Us Dead was a finalist for the National Book Award. They attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and have won numerous poetry awards. 


by Danez Smith

’C.R.E.A.M.’ by Danez Smith is a complex, moving poem that depicts a speaker’s personal life and speaks on the American racial wealth gap. 

in the morning I think about money

green horned lord of my waking

forest in which I stumbled toward no salvation

prison made of emerald & pennies