Clint Smith

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Clint Smith is the author of Counting Descent (Write Bloody Publishing, 2016), winner of the 2017 Literary Award for Best Poetry Book from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Art for Justice Fund, the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop, Cave Canem, and the National Science Foundation. In February 2019, Smith curated The Academy of American Poets weekday Poem-a-Day series. He is a doctoral candidate at Harvard University and a 2014 National Poetry Slam champion. In February 2019, Smith served as the guest editor for Poem-a-Day. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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On another night
in a hotel
in a room
in a city
flanked by all
that is unfamiliar
I am able to move
my finger along
a glass screen
once across
once vertical

& in seconds
see your mother
smiling in a room
that is our own
that is