Free will donations at the door. Refreshments will be available.
The anthology is dedicated to poet and essayist Bill Holm, professor emeritus of English at SMSU, whose idea it was before he died unexpectedly in 2009. In Bill's honor, over a dozen "pig gigs" have been presented in the Twin Cities area.
The book has been described on www.commongoodbooks.com as "a corpulent, beautifully designed hardcover anthology of 133 poems (and one recipe) by 103 poets (and one architect), edited with an introduction by James P. Lenfestey."
The Common Good Books website also states that "Lenfestey has done a yeoman's job gathering up poems from around the world and throughout literary time, including poems by a Nobel Prize winner (Pablo Neruda, in a new translation), two US Poet Laureates (Donald Hall, Ted Kooser), five state poet laureates (Robert Bly, Jane Gentry, William Kloefcorn, David Lee, Linda Pastan) and one Provincial treasure (John B. Lee). Plus nearly 100 others, some published here for the first time, others multiple blue ribbon winners. All the poets seem to find in our close porcine cousins something both delicious and dangerous, 'so right it's wrong,' as one poet says of his gourmand love."
The book contains funny, sad, and otherwise fascinating poems about pigs. Other poets include Carl Sandburg, William Blake, Joe Paddock, Bill Holm, James Lenfestey, Margaret Atwood, Wendell Berry, Robert Bly, Billie Collins, Louise Erdrich, Walt Whitman, Robert Service, Anne Sexton, Ted Hughes, and Shelley.
Those reading selections from the book include Joe Paddock, James Lenfestey, Nancy Paddock, Bill Peltier, Darlene Kotelnicki and Carole Wendt.
Micawber's Books, a popular book store in Minneapolis, has called Low Down and Coming On the best poetry book of 2010.
"This book proves that pigs do fly," writes Eric Utne, founder of the Utne Reader.
Jim and I won't be able to go because we have another commitment, but I hope a good crowd gathers. The reading sounds like a wonderful way to honor Bill Holm and celebrate world-class poetry by bringing it to the people. I look forward to buying a copy and reading it this summer.