Pig Dreams: Scenes from the Life of Sylvia. Pastels by Liebe Coolidge.
by Levertov, Denise.
A Fine copy in a Fine unclipped dust jacket. Pig Dreams is a poem cycle portraying a pet pig Sylvia's life on a Vermont farm. A whimsical version of Wordsworth's Prelude as it might have been written by a pig, Pig Dreams traces the spiritual development of the pet pig Sylvia from birth to religious enlightenment and a vision of paradise. Sylvia comes to understand herself through her relation to others. Levertov's playful poetic forms express the varied perspectives into which she enters through her friends. Taken from her pig mother to become a house pet, Sylvia learns gregariousness from her "dogbrothers," contemplation from the solitary cat, mortality from the seasons. The slow, stepwise form of "Her Sister" embodies the ruminant contemplation the cow communicates to her.
Edition: First Printing of the First US Edition
Book Id: 25153