Donte Collins, 2017.


Written after the death of his mother, Donte Collins’ Autopsy establishes the poet as one of the most important voices in the next generation of American poetry. As the book unfolds, the reader journeys alongside the author through grief and healing.

Named the Most Promising Young Poet in the country by the Academy of American Poets, Collins’ work has consistently wowed audiences. Autopsy propels that work onto the national stage. In the words of the author, the book is a spring thaw — the new life alongside the old, the good cry and the release after.

Praise for Donte Collins

“These poems are meditations on grief, but they do not try to change it, banish it, exploit it, or “make sense of” it; they simply sit with it. For anyone who has lost someone…this space is immeasurably important.”

-Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre, author of A Love Song, A Death Rattle, A Battle Cry

About Donte Collins

Donte is a 20-year-old queer, black poet/actor/dancer whose first poem was written at the age of seven about feeling trapped, unheard. The 2016 Most Promising Young Poet, awarded by Academy of American Poets, he is a well-known performance… MORE

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Weight3.9 oz
Dimensions8.5 × 5.5 × 0.188 in

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Page Count

72 pages

Publication Date

July 18, 2017

Author Hometown

St. Paul, Minnesota



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