News from Down to the Cafe

David Lee

Stories overheard at the local “Wayburne Pig Cafe,” these poems capture a rural community’s own voice, peppered with gossip and arguments right off Main Street. Moving slightly away from the “pig poems” which have engaged so many readers, News from Down to the Cafe finds Lee more lyrical, gentle, and reflective than in previous works, yet once again his characters are heartbreaking, hilarious, and unfailingly entertaining.

ISBN: 9781556591327

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

“[News from Down to the Cafe] brings us more of Lee’s unpretentious, open and generous take on his countryfolk and country.” —Publishers Weekly

News from Down to the Cafe… demonstrates [Lee’s] strong ear and his genius for narrative.” —Dictionary of Literary Biography Yearbook