Té V. Smith's debut collection is an examination of religion, emotional violence, and coming of age in a black body, written in a voice that's alternately funny, brash, and deeply reflective. The book contains three interwoven sections. In the opening poem, Down With The Sun, it is 2005: a year after leaving home, our then, 16-year-old narrator becomes enamored by the expanding world outside of East St. Louis, IL. He follows its lessons and seductions. The second section dances within the complex internal and external wars we fight in our maturing relationship with ourselves and others. The last section finds our narrator slightly older and in a space of conflicted reflection. Spaces for black bodies, the urban education system, and fatherhood are all explored and confronted. This collection introduces Smith as a writer who balances fragile concepts on a razor's edge and confronts often-misunderstood topics with a brevity and child-like wander.
R.H. Austin Publishing | 2014
Té V. Smith approaches every word, every sentence with a fervor and intention. It is no suprise that this book is an undeniably lush and staggering collection. - Jason Reynolds author of Long Way Down
A stunning eloquent collection. - Yrsa Daley-Ward author of BONE
I'm so glad I ordered this book from this talented brother. Te' V Smith is a writer who will definitely make it into future history books. Amazing beyond words. "Here We Are, Reflections Of A God Gone Mad", is one of the purist pieces of literature I've read to date... Simply Amazing... I recommend this book without reserve.... Support this young man, because he's worth it... - Ervin J. Williams author of Stella