Danez Smith doesn't mince words. As a 2017 finalist for the National Book Award for his second book, Don't Call Us Dead, Smith has chosen to paint literary pictures of life as a black, queer, HIV-positive person living in the world. Smith spoke to me about his work, and the following excerpt of that interview is being published on TheBody to celebrate National Poetry Month.
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"Now I suck him down to sleep/ I pray to hoes his soul I keep/ If he should nut before I’m done/ I pray to hoes, there’s another one" opines Chae Buttuh in "Hoeism," the lead track from her debut project with FUTUREHOOD, HoFi: A Collection of Glam Trap & Hoe Hymns.
The Greensboro, North Carolina native is bringing sexy back to hip-hop and in doing so bringing the realest parts of herself to light. The subversive nature of her work is powerful in how she empowers femme identity and sexuality, distancing it from the shame reinforced by society. "Hoeism is Feminism is Futurism," Buttah says. "HoFi is for femmes who have no problem using their sexuality to survive and achieve goals."
Read more of my interview with Chae Buttuh here!