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THE LORDS OF LAMBEAU: On Family, Fate, and Packers Football
"In THE LORDS OF LAMBEAU, Austin Smith ponders the household gods of his youth, the Green Bay Packers. Having grown up on an Illinois dairy farm, he always counted himself an “honorary Wisconsinite,” and the Packers constituted a sort of head-butting role model. They were also, during his childhood, in the midst of a prolonged losing streak, which only made them more attractive: paupers who might well turn back into princes with a single field goal. The moment they did so, beating the Patriots in the 1996 Super Bowl, they lost much of their charm for Smith. So has the sport itself, increasingly identified with brain damage, scandal, domestic abuse, and a dated idea of American masculinity. And yet the author can’t let go, compulsively watching the Packers on TV and, for the first time, attending a game at Lambeau Field with his equally ambivalent father." - James Marcus, Editor of Harper's Magazine

ALMANAC is a collection of poems that celebrate, and mourn the passing of, the world of the small family farm, but they are anything but merely regional. As the poems reflect on farm life, they open out to speak about childhood and death, the loss of tradition, the destruction of the natural world, and the severing of connections between people and the land.

IN THE SILENCE OF THE MIGRATED BIRDS is Austin Smith's first collection of poems. The book is focused mainly upon the images and memories of the dairy farm Smith grew up on. It was published through the Parallel Press poetry series, which publishes six titles a year, most by poets with a regional focus.

Austin Smith's poems have appeared in the following journals: The New Yorker, Poetry Magazine, Yale Review, Sewanee Review, ZYZZYVA, Poetry East, Midwest Quarterly, Virginia Quarterly Review, Cortland Review, Pleiades, Spoon River Poetry Review, Ploughshares, New England Review, Asheville Poetry Review, and New Orleans Review, amongst others.

Below are links to some of these publications: