By Clint Smith
Winner, 2017 Black Caucus of the American Library Association Literary Award
Finalist, 2017 NAACP Image Awards
2017 'One Book One New Orleans' Book Selection
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.
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About the AuthorClint Smith P.E. is Vice President of ASI, where he is currently involved in the design and deployment of mobile data networks with GSM/GPRS/EDGE and CDMA2000 from both a core network and RF aspect. He has extensive design and operational experience in both mobile and fixed networks. He is also the author of Practical Cellular and PCS Design, LMDS, Wireless Telecom FAQs, and a co-author of Cellular System Design and Optimization, 3G Wireless Networks and Wireless Network Performance Handbook. John Meyer is the President of ASI. He is an international expert in both core network and RF engineering having over 25 years of experience in the communications industry, including 10 years with the Motorola Cellular Infrastructure Group. He is actively involved with the deployment and integration of 2.5G and 3G mobile data networks with an emphasis on both the financial and technical components of offering wireless mobile data.
"Counting Descent is a tightly-woven collection of poems whose pages act like an invitation to New Orleans, to the spades' table, to mom's kitchen, to the kiss on a woman's wrist, to conversations with hydrants and cicadas..."--Elizabeth Acevedo
"These poems shimmer with revelatory intensity, approaching us from all sides to immerse us in the America that America so often forgets."--Gregory Pardlo