Counting Descent

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Author: Clint Smith
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  • Paperback: 84 pages
  • Publisher: Write Bloody Publishing (September 15, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1938912659
  • ISBN-13: 978-1938912658
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches

Clint Smith's debut poetry collection, Counting Descent, is a coming of age story that seeks to complicate our conception of lineage and tradition. Smith explores the cognitive dissonance that results from belonging to a community that unapologetically celebrates black humanity while living in a world that often renders blackness a caricature of fear. His poems move fluidly across personal and political histories, all the while reflecting on the social construction of our lived experiences. Smith brings the reader on a powerful journey forcing us to reflect on all that we learn growing up, and all that we seek to unlearn moving forward.


"So many of these poems just blow me away. Incredibly beautiful and powerful."

- Michelle Alexander, Author of The New Jim Crow

"Clint Smith weaves histories, from collective to personal, to make indelible archetypes of those places that have created us all. These poems shimmer with revelatory intensity, approaching us from all sides to immerse us in the America that America so often forgets. The broad sweep of Smith’s vision delivers a sudden awareness: In this poet’s hands, we sense, like Rilke, there is no place that does not see you."      

- Gregory Pardlo, Author of Digest

About the Author

Clint Smith is a doctoral candidate at Harvard University and has received fellowships from Cave Canem, the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, and the National Science Foundation. He is a 2014 National Poetry Slam champion and was a speaker at the 2015 TED Conference. His writing has been published in The New Yorker, The Guardian, The American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Harvard Educational Review and elsewhere. He was born and raised in New Orleans.