September 2018 – Michigan Quarterly Review

Month: September 2018

roasted pig with mouth open on a dinner table and a man is looking at it

“Eating the Pig,” by Donald Hall

By itself, isolated on this plywood,
among this puzzle of foregone possibilities,
his intact head seems to want affection.
Without knowing that I will do it,
I reach out and scratch his jaw,
and I stroke him behind his ears,
as if he might suddenly purr from his cooked head.

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