Philosopher Orders Crispy Pork

By Heather McHugh b. 1948 Heather McHugh
I love him so, this creature I do pray
was treated kindly. I will pay
as much as pig-lovers see fit

to guarantee him that. As for his fat,   
I’d give up years yes years of my   
own life for such

a gulpable semblable.   
(My life! Such as it is! This
liberality of leaves! The world

won’t need those seventeen more
poems, after all, there being
so few subjects to be treated. Three

if by subject we mean anyone
submitted to another’s
will. Two if by subject we mean   

topic. One if by death we wind up
meaning love. And none if a subject   
must entail

the curlicue’s indulgence of itself.)

Source: Poetry (July/August 2008).


This poem originally appeared in the July/August 2008 issue of Poetry magazine

July/August 2008
 Heather  McHugh


Poet Heather McHugh’s work is noted for its rhetorical gestures, sharp puns and interest in the materials of language itself—her self-described determination is “to follow every surge of language, every scrap and flotsam.” Describing her work in the Boston Review, poet and critic Richard Howard alleged that “most of McHugh’s poems end in a spurt, as they proceed in a slather, of just such astonishment as is bestowed—afforded—by . . .

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SUBJECT Activities, Eating & Drinking, Arts & Sciences, Philosophy, Poetry & Poets, Humor & Satire

POET’S REGION U.S., Northwestern

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