Counting Descent (Smith)

Smith’s well-titled (play with that second word a while) is, like his poems, compact, powerful, and purposeful. I will also add versatile as Smith ranges over a variety of forms and topics, from current events (with attention to a topic that he covers in one of his TED Talks – “How to Raise a Black Son in America,to New Orleans (his hometown), to language, to love.

There are too many favorites to list here. Here’s one –

“what the cicada said to the brown boy”

Here’s his site – Clint Smith’s site. Go ahead and get his book for yourself.

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