James P. Lenfestey, Low Down and Coming On


The editor of Low Down and Coming On: A Feast of Delicious and Dangerous Poems about Pigs, James P. Lenfestey hosts an evening of poems about our porcine friends. Contributing poets read their entries into the collection.

Low Down and Coming On is a corpulent, beautifully designed hardcover anthology of 133 poems (and one recipe) by 103 poets (and one architect), edited with an introduction by James P. Lenfestey.


"This book proves that pigs do fly." --Eric Utne, founder of the Utne Reader

The anthology is dedicated to poet and essayist Bill Holm, whose idea it was before he died unexpectedly in 2009.


Lenfestey has done a yeoman's job gathering up poems from around the world and throughout literary time, including poems by a Nobel Prize winner (Pablo Neruda, in a new translation), two US Poet Laureates (Donald Hall, Ted Kooser), five state poet laureates (Robert Bly, Jane Gentry, William Kloefcorn, David Lee, Linda Pastan) and one Provincial treasure (John B. Lee). Plus nearly 100 others, some published here for the first time, others multiple blue ribbon winners. All the poets seem to find in our close porcine cousins something both delicious and dangerous, "so right it's wrong," as one poet says of his gourmand love.


Event date: 
Thursday, December 16, 2010 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
165 Western Avenue North
55102 Saint Paul