My poem “Miracle of the River Pig” is live today at Goblin Fruit, and you can listen to me read it there as well!
It’s a grotesque and somewhat experimental poem for me recounting my experience in the Southern California desert near the New River. I began drafting the poem in Brenda Hammack‘s fairytale workshop with The Rooster Moans Poetry Cooperative, while I was also reading Frank Bidart’s “The War of Vaslav Nijinsky.”
I hope you enjoy! Thanks for reading!
" — Selves like iridescent, shining, speckled shit in the Río Nuevo frothy foaming stinking desert river desert in the new world — how old were you? fifteen & blessed as Santa María, I’m that lucky pig in the river — cut my trotters, strike my blue-butt, handle me, sell me at auction, devour me." --Jenn Givhan