“Ode to the Only Black Kid in the Class” & “My Father is an Oyster”

Ode to the Only Black Kid in the Class

Clint Smith

You, it seems,
are the manifestation
of several lifetimes
of toil. Brown v. Board
in the flesh. Most days
the classroom feels
like an antechamber.
You are deemed expert
on all things Morrison,
King, Malcolm, Rosa.

Read rest of poem (scroll down)

Through Poetry And TED Talks, Clint Smith Probes Racism In AmericaWBur “Here and Now” – 11/28/2016

Clint Smith (@ClintSmithIII) is the 2014 National Poetry Slam champion and has given popular TED Talks on living as an African-American man in the United States.

“Earlier this fall he published his first book of poetry, ‘Counting Descent.'”

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