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The Porcine Canticles

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ou can write about pigs,” is the advice David Lee heard from John, a wise and unlettered pig farmer in Utah. And write Lee did, while creating a collection of narratives and epic tales about the rural Southwest. Using the direct and uncompromising impact of common talk, Porcine Canticlesa lyrical tribute to the indomitability of the human heart, a rare book of poems that “reads like a good novel.”—Western American Literature

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Overview

ou can write about pigs,” is the advice David Lee heard from John, a wise and unlettered pig farmer in Utah. And write Lee did, while creating a collection of narratives and epic tales about the rural Southwest. Using the direct and uncompromising impact of common talk, Porcine Canticlesa lyrical tribute to the indomitability of the human heart, a rare book of poems that “reads like a good novel.”—Western American Literature

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556592096
  • Publisher: Copper Canyon Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2004
  • Pages: 108
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

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David Lee, author of eight books of poetry, was Utah's first Poet Laureate. A former seminary candidate, semi-pro baseball player, and hog farmer, he has a Ph.D. with a concentration in Milton and is the recently retired head of the Languages and Literature department at Southern Utah University.
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Table of Contents

Loading a boar 5
Behold 6
Jubilate Agno 7
Salvage grain 11
Barbed wire 13
The pig hunt 17
The hay swather 22
Building pigpens 25
Tuesday morning, loading pigs 31
Tuesday morning, driving to the auction in Salina 33
The tale of the graveblaster 35
The chain letter 36
Racehogs 45
The muffler and the law 47
Plowing 56
Digging postholes 58
For Jan, with love 62
Kolob at evening 66
Culture 67
Nighthunting with John 68
The real estate 70
Fall 75
Jan's birthday 76
Shoveling rolled barley 78
Mean 81
A day of mourning, 24 November 75 89
Friday afternoon, feeding pigs 90
Dusk 95
Building a farrowing pen 96
The farm 100
Aftermath 101
Baalam 102
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