Counting Descent (Clint Smith)

"they call me blue because they don’t understand how the sky work they call you black because they don’t understand how god work"

"they call me blue because
they don’t understand how the sky work
they call you black because
they don’t understand how god work"

U.S.A. / 2016

"Clint Smith is a writer, teacher, and Ph.D. Candidate at Harvard University. He is a 2014 National Poetry Slam champion, a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, a Cave Canem Fellow, and his writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Guardian, the New Republic, and American Poetry Review." —Bio via the author's website. This poem, "what the ocean said to the black boy," comes from Smith's debut poetry collection, Counting Descent.