Lisa Jarnot

 

 

 

Whole Hog

 

"I think God is merely the act of taking thought. I take it that's what one means by the creation of the universe."

—Charles Olson,
from The Special View of History

 

1

The pig is complete.
Barns demand limits.

2

Pigs fall down to create drama.
The materials are hoof.

3

Daylight accumulates in work yards.
Farm hands substitute for suns.

4

Crumbling supports undermine horses.
Carcasses locate stress.

5

Work breaks corn in devices.
Pork futures present.

6

Necessary fireplaces form of wood.
The elements of slop are fixed.

7

A mountain cannot be a pig field.
Captor stands in the styes.

8

Worn-out woods are invented.
We read daylight in brooks.

9

Husbandry turns back in on itself.
Milk has to be whipped.

10

Eyes open wide to see spores.
Insecticides are given on demand.

11

Brick buildings shut down in winter.
A grain silo works to change scale.

12

Flat notes work on a barrel.
The hammer is as large as the sun.

13

Connected pieces break into seed.
Fertilized trees are in Maine.

14

Everyday life regards potential.
Calculation governs feed.

15

Troughs stand out as illustrations.
Piglets climb over piles of rock.

16

I am speaking on an abridged farm.
Ordinary voices meek in stalls.

17

An ax is comprehensible.
A vaccination erases worms.

18

God ceases to be the future.
Oinking becomes a religious device.

19

No snout touches the surface.
The arborary is meant to be grazed.

20

Folk songs restore information.
Everyday animals are fixed.

21

Dearth is an accident.
A measure is given by mouth.

22

The cow witnesses an abduction.
Goose down insulates the deck.

23

A single sheep makes a resolution.
A pile driver is not to incise.

24

God remains in the animal.
Each saddle bares teeth.

25

A true relation marries its dead.
God is embedded.

26

The litter is not divided.
An identical sibling follows tit.

27

Moos expand into choirs.
Fences break down to facts.

28

The sow senses an explanation.
Man returns to the field.

29

A chicken leads to chicklets.
The egg is carried off alive.

30

Cultivation orders the task at hand.
Foliation is cut into squares.

31

Three creams build a churned motif.
They connive by the nearest roost.

32

The materials motivate horns.
Hay is bailed to be destructed.

33

A boot steps into an example.
Alfalfa is selected from space.

34

Two unequal figures complete an act.
The wife runs out to the grange.

35

Night opens up with eating.
Later the grits are filled in.

36

God identifies missing limbs.
Griddles are in constant use.

37

Slop is admonished on this basis.
The farmer speaks to the pig.

38

A straight hoe is unconvincing.
Not to breed the hero is a crime.

39

Ribs stick to the unexpected.
Sound is locked in on a range.

40

An egg torments the sun.
Cows are disturbed by their calves.

41

Species make inappropriate moves.
Disease is given to a stray kin.

42

Lime spikes between abutments.
Slop transposes god.

43

One heifer ceases to vanish.
A doctor makes feed out of runts.

44

Flora stand up to fauna.
Science gives features to the world.

45

Another tractor is invented.
They sniff it like a dog in heat.

46

Plows fit in to a perspective.
Photos of piglets cover the earth.

47

There are, yo, animate examples.
A habitat is not a resort.

48

Genetics are lost on the market.
A Basque can kill a cow.

49

Familiar processes are arborary.
The arborary is broken down.

50

Sod vanishes:
The auctioneer arrives at a spot.