Counting Descent by Clint SmithCounting Descent by Clint Smith

Counting Descent

byClint Smith

Paperback | September 15, 2016

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Black Harvard Doctorate in Poetics launches poetry that explores modern blackness.
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.

- Winner, 2017 Black Caucus of the American Library Association Literary Award

- Finalist, 2017 NAACP Image Awards

- 2017 'One Book One New Orleans' Book Selection
Title:Counting DescentFormat:PaperbackDimensions:84 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.5 inPublished:September 15, 2016Publisher:Write Bloody PublishingLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1938912659

ISBN - 13:9781938912658


Read from the Book

From "How to Fight":
Spelling bees were a battleground
where teachers trained me
to wield language as a
tool & fist & weapon & warning
to those who would rather
make an outline out of me.

Editorial Reviews

"These poems shimmer with revelatory intensity, approaching us from all sides to immerse us in the America that America so often forgets."-Gregory Pardlo