Here and Now: Poet Clint Smith '10

Poet Clint Smith '10 talks about his new book of poetry, and how he uses the art form to explore living as an African-American man in the United States during an hour-long broadcast of WBUR's "Here and Now."

How do you raise a black son in America? The segment begins by quoting Smith from a 2015 TED talk on that subject, and about "The Talk" that many young African-Americans get "when they became old enough to be mistaken for a nail ready to be hammered to the ground, when people made our melanin synonymous with something to be feared. But what does it do to a child, to grow up knowing that you cannot simply be a child?..."

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  • December 8, 2016