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Life Pig
by Alan Shapiro
University of Chicago Press, 2016
Paper: 978-0-226-40417-2 | eISBN: 978-0-226-40420-2
Library of Congress Classification PS3569.H338L54 2016
Dewey Decimal Classification 811.54

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
From Let Me Hear You
 
Outside is inside now.
The pyramid whose point
we are is weightless
and invisible
and has become itself the night
in which alone
together
on a high plateau
we go on shouting
out whatever name
those winds keep blowing back
into the mouth that’s shouting it.
 
Alan Shapiro’s newest book of poetry is situated at the intersection between private and public history, as well as individual life and the collective life of middle-class America in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Whether writing about an aged and dying parent or remembering incidents from childhood and adolescence, Shapiro attends to the world in ways that are as deeply personal as they are recognizable and freshly social—both timeless and utterly of this particular moment.
 

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