Counting Descent

Clint Smith (Author)
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Description

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.

Product Details

Price
$16.00  $14.72
Publisher
Write Bloody Publishing
Publish Date
September 15, 2016
Pages
84
Dimensions
5.9 X 0.2 X 8.8 inches | 0.3 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781938912658
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About the Author

Clint Smith is writer, teacher, and the author of Counting Descent, which won the 2017 Literary Award for Best Poetry Book from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and was a finalist for an NAACP Image Award.. Clint has received fellowships from New America, the Art For Justice Fund, Cave Canem, and the National Science Foundation. His writing has been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, Poetry Magazine, The Paris Review and elsewhere. He currently teaches writing and literature at the DC Central Detention Facility. His debut nonfiction book How the Word Is Passed, which explores how different historical sites reckon with--or fail to reckon with--their relationship to the history of slavery, will be published by Little, Brown in 2021. He received his B.A. from Davidson College and his Ph.D. from Harvard University.

Reviews

"So many of these poems just blow me away. Incredibly beautiful and powerful." --Michelle Alexander, Author of The New Jim Crow
"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