My personal favorite poem from Counting Descent, “For the Taxi Cabs that Pass Me in Harvard Square”, is loaded with various writing techniques, and has some of Smith’s best storytelling. The general summary of the piece is Clint reflecting on an experience he had with taxi cabs whilst attending Harvard, and how his thought process worked in the moment. The insight Clint gives into his mind while experiencing such a moment creates character, and further develops his outlook on life.
Some of the more noticeable uses of poetic writing techniques were the use of Enjambment and Anaphora. Enjambment came into play during the multiple stanzas throughout the poem. It made the idea of this being a train of thought much more plausible, as ideas are generally convoluted while we are thinking of them. This makes the reading much more personal in my eyes, and adds to the authenticity of the reflection. Anaphora came into play during the multiple clauses before the aforementioned stanzas . This made the repetitive experience of the taxi cabs passing him much more annoying, and presents us with just how he felt during the the experience. He felt frustrated. Frustrated enough to count out each one that passed him, each on leaving a different imprint on him, and a different reflection.
"When the sixth cab passes you,
imagine yourself a puddle
existing as both transparency
& filth. Something that won't be there
by the afternoon."
This is the clause that i feel summarizes what exactly Smith's reflection on the scenario was. He felt like nothing more then a puddle, a ghost, to the drivers who chose to ignore and drive past him. And despite that feeling being in the moment, it is a feeling that many people have throughout their life. A mix of sadness and anger, but also confusion. But the worse part is that it truly doesn't have an answer. What caused those drivers to drive past will never be understood, but it can be reflected on.
My personal favorite clause is:
“When the fourth cab passes you,
Think of 5th grade. Mrs. Capperson holding
all the boys in for recess to tell us if we don’t
get tattoos, grow out our hair, pierce our ears,
sag our pants everything will be alright.’’
Not only does it have some of the best insight into how Smith’s outlook on his earlier education affected him, it shows how his mind works. It tells us Smith is man with a rich insight on life, and even with poor influence in his younger education, he can still look back on it. Although that look back might not be on a good memory, in a sense it had a more important affect on him later on in life. Not only did it open his eyes to discrimination and stereotypes, it showed him how not to let negative moments hurt him. Your mind and life will be much more easy living if they're not clouded with thought. The stanza captures that idea perfectly, as well as the rest of the poem.
1. i like movies. like a lot. i've wanted to be a film director since i was 5. i wont say im a a genius on film, but it is most definitely something i love and consider a hobby.
2. some of my favorite films are la la land, 12 angry men, amadeus, the diving bell and the butterfly, dunkirk, and like 100 other movies
3. although i don't love it quite as much as film, music is also something i consider a hobby of mine. i don't have many preferences, and honestly if something sounds nice i like it. i do sway towards hip-hop and electronic music the most tho.
4. some of my favorite artists right now are denzel curry, the cure, travis scott, brockhampton, sza, playboi carti, and a ton more
5. i love writing for both film and music. whether it be a script for a hypothetical film, or lyrics for a hypothetical song
6. my sense of humor is very flat and is sometimes not taken as a j0ke. that's mostly my fault but it makes for a lot of awkward conversations.
7. i work at domino's and it's mad stressful some days. you don't get breaks
8. i went to private school up until high school and not sure if im happy or sad about that. i heard public middle school was sorta bad but honestly i forget mostly all of private school. sorta like a fever dream of sorts.
9. im genuinely unsure of where i want to go to college. i used to only want to attend colleges in california, but now wvu seems like the perfect choice for me.
10. my biggest insecurity is my baggy eyes. i've had them since i was a kid but still i feel like there's something i can do to help em, despite it being mostly hereditary