Abraham Smith & Scott McWaters, “Tuskaloosa Kills”


Tuskaloosa Kills has the teeth of a saw. And the eyes of a wolf. It’s a patchwork prose back-and-forth — it’s a heady screwloose brew of marblemouth and jughead musings upon a famous football town with a clandestine literary history.

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Tuskaloosa Kills has the teeth of a saw. And the eyes of a wolf. It’s a patchwork prose back-and-forth—it’s a heady screwloose brew of marblemouth and jughead musings upon a famous football town with a clandestine literary history. Tuskaloosa Kills is a soapbox upon which McWaters and Smith howl of how humans make community and community unmakes humans. Think threads and scraps, interlaced and unraveling: how a yarn isn’t bellyached from one voice but through a spice-cabinet of voices—heard, misheard, remembered, misremembered, and echoing for one more round.


Abraham Smith is the author of four previous poetry collections. In 2015, he released Hick Poetics (Lost Roads Press), a co-edited anthology of contemporary rural American poetry and related essays. Destruction of Man, his book-length poem about farming, is forthcoming from Third Man Books.

Scott McWaters’ fiction has appeared in Caketrain, Carolina Quarterly, New Orleans Review, NANO Fiction, Relief Quarterly, Denver Quarterly, Pindeldyboz, Madison Review, The Florida Review, Quarter After Eight, Rio Grande Review, and Yemassee.

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