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, who is a writer, teacher, and doctoral candidate in Education at Harvard University studying incarcerated youth, 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. [Description from the publisher.]
- Winner, 2017 Black Caucus of the American Library Association Literary Award
- Finalist, 2017 NAACP Image Awards
- One Book One New Orleans 2017 Book Selection
ISBN: 9781938912658 | Published by Write Bloody Publishing.