DESTRUCTION OF MAN is a book: a book by a poet/farmer about farming and a family man and a familiar county--stung body; stung land--as told by a tweaked-to-warble farm machine.This is a book-length poem about small scale family farming in the midst of the get-big-or-get-out mantra and foghorn. The conclusions are clarion clear: rurality has its hectic musics and all we have is love. 


"DESTRUCTION OF MAN is a compass setting toward musics caught between the hungry teeth of vole and buried bone of river."—Tyehimba Jess, Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry

"Abraham Smith uses his words like a rhythmic sledgehammer upside the head." — Patterson Hood, co-founder and frontman of the Drive-By Truckers

"I’ve been unable to decide if  this book is as punk gone agrarian or if the agrarians went punk" — Juliana Spahr, Winner of the 2009 O.B. Hardison Jr. Poetry Prize

"Part song, part guttural wail into the American rural landscape, DESTRUCTION OF MAN is a breathtaking lyric that's as complex and heartbreaking as the country itself."— Ada Limón, finalist 2015 National Book Award-Poetry

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You can also catch Abe on tour:

April 16 at Water Witch, Salt Lake City w/ Sian Griffiths and Matty Pfohl 
April 18 SL City Art, Salt Lake City w/ Ryan Ridge
May 1 at Jalopy, NYC  
May 5 at School for Contemporary Dance & Thought, Northampton, MA 
May 19 at Ming, Boise, ID w/ Scott McWaters 
May 20 at Butte, MT, venue TBD, w/ Scott McWaters
June 7: SF at City Lights
June 9: Portland (venue and local poets are TBD)
June 10: Seattle at Open Books (local poets TBD)