A Legacy of Shadows

David Lee

A major retrospective of Utah’s Poet Laureate, who was branded by a PBS documentary as “The Pig Poet.” Pigs, and the gentle-hearted redneck roustabout John, feature prominently in Lee’s small-town universe, which is frequented by tragedy and near-tragedy, where transcendence most often arrives in the form of humor, whether ironic, self-deprecating, or ribald. Included are selections from Covenants, as well as the entirety of Driving and Drinking, The Porcine Legacy, The Porcine Canticles, Day’s Work, and My Town.

ISBN: 9781556590979

Format: Paperback

About the Author

David Lee was Utah’s first poet laureate; in 2001 he was a finalist for United States Poet Laureate. He is the author of two dozen volumes of poetry, including The Porcine Canticles, A Legacy of Shadows, So Quietly the Earth, Last Call, and Mine Tailings. A former seminary student, semi-pro baseball player, and hog farmer, he holds a PhD with a concentration in John Milton. For over three decades he taught at Southern Utah University, where he received every teaching …

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“Lee joins the ranks of Frost and Hayden Carruth as poets whose treatment of rural life in lines cast in genuine vernacular goes far beyond what we often mean by ‘regional poetry.'” —The Year in Poetry, 1999

“The subjects and treatment are as earthy, profane, raucous, and also as appealing, as those of Chaucer’s miller’s and Wife of Bath’s tales and, in contemporary literature, of Antoine’s rants in the wonderful New England rural poems of David Budbill’s Judevine.” —Booklist

“Lee is one of a kind, a narrative poet (most often) writing in vernacular (most often) who is good, very good.” —Open Books Newsletter