Hank by Abraham Smith


“In an era of overpolished workshop poems and vague, bloodless experiment, Abraham Smith’s HANK risks a caterwauling quagmire both lyric and epic in scope, replete with 18 kinds of loneliness.

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A folk paean to Hank Williams, Sr., its excess is astonishing, its unpunctuated burble is propulsive, funny, unforgiving, and raw. HANK is an ‘elegy for gravel’ along the lost highway we’ve been hunting for. It belongs only to the future of American poetry.

Hank by Abraham Smith