• Counting Descent

  • By: Clint Smith
  • Narrated by: Clint Smith
  • Length: 1 hr and 2 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (60 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 listener 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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Beautiful Landscape

Enjoying this little, insuspecting gem.
Love the tone and breath of this pictureque, clean and crisp poetry/storytelling/conversation...
The narration is everything~it draws you in, up close and often leaves you suspended as a way to allow you to find your own landing.💝✍🏽

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Fabulous readings of these taut elegies and songs!

Really enjoyed this reading of Black elegies and praise songs by one of our best writers and thinkers.

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Powerful

Humor, sorrow and deep meaning and insight. The poetry is so powerful. A regular listen for me!!

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Amazing! A must read

One of those magnificent poets that makes struggle and life so simple yet so complex and beautiful.

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Clint Smith’s work needs to be on your bookshelves… virtual or physical

His work is beautiful and poignant and raw. And most of all, his work is so necessary.

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Loved it!

Clint Smith uses nostalgic imagery to take you on a walk through his minds eye, a place so familiar to some that it would seem you have a shared memory.

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Clint Smith tells his story in poignant bursts of imagery. His analogies and metaphors are fresh and relatable.

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Please Read!! You won’t be disappointed!

I’m not a poetry person at all. Clint Smith changed my mind with the way he tells his as well as African Americans stories eloquently with a rawness that’s can be denied.

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