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What It's Like to Be a Black Girl
(For Those of You Who Aren't)
A poetic introduction.

Terrell's Take on Things
A trip to the corner stylist. [published: "Close to Death"]

Biting Back
A mother watches her son come of age. [published: "Big Towns, Big Talk"]

An inside-out appreciation of racist violence. [published: "Big Towns, Big Talk"]

Chinese Cucumbers
Sound-track to the original poetry video; a pre-protease reflection on the desperation for a cure. [published: "Big Towns, Big Talk"]

Dark Magicians
A pondering on the likelihood of men lynching themselves in jail.

Sweet Daddy
A signature poem, Smith has closed many readings with this particular piece that is dedicated to her father, Otis Douglas Smith. [published: "Close to Death"]

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