Author Archives: Clint Smith

About Clint Smith

Clint Smith is a teacher, writer, and doctoral candidate at Harvard University. He is a 2014 National Poetry Slam champion, an Individual World Poetry Slam finalist, and has served a cultural ambassador for the U.S. Department of State. He has performed at the 2015 TED Conference, the U.S. Department of Education, and the IB Conference of the Americas. His poetry has been published or is forthcoming in Kinfolks, Still: The Journal, Off the Coast, Winter Tangerine Review, Harvard Educational Review and elsewhere. He was born and raised in New Orleans, LA and thinks cinnamon rolls are best served at room temperature.

#10 – a lineage

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Our third anniversary is on February 6th. We are counting down the top ten most-read posts from the last year.


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Three Poems – Clint Smith


When Maze and Frankie Beverly Come on in my House

Mama’s eyes close,
she raises the spatula
as if she were going to orchestrate
the gumbo into existence.
Turns the knob so that we feel
the bass thundering in the walls.

At the start of verse one,
	she points to Pops,
	walks over,
	shoulders oscillating back-and-forth
	between the melody.
	Pops does the same dance
	he's been doing since '73—
	left knee, right knee, pop, snap
	left knee, right knee, pop, snap
	on every other beat.
	The sort of dance that has a different
	iteration every decade but really
	it’s always been the same.
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