News from Down to the Cafe (Paperback)
Copper Canyon Press, 9781556591327, 144pp.
Publication Date: September 1, 1999
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These poems are rooted in stories overheard at the Wayburne Pig Cafe. They capture a rural community's true voice, peppered with gossip and arguments right off Main Street. Moving away from the "pig poems" which have delighted so many readers, News ?nds Lee more lyrical, gentle, and re?ective than in previous works, yet once again his characters are heartbreaking, hilarious, and unfailingly entertaining.
"Reading Lee's poetry is like sitting on a wide porch in the summer with a favorite uncle you don't see often and listening to him ramble along with tales of the local townsfolk. Lee captures the grit and authenticity of 'country' speech... Recommended."-Library Journal
David Lee was the subject of a recent PBS documentary, The Pig Poet. Winner of the 1995 Western States Book Award, Lee has also been the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities. He lives in St. George, Utah.
About the Author
David Lee, author of eight books of poetry, was Utah's first Poet Laureate. A former seminary candidate, semi-pro baseball player, and hog farmer, he has a Ph.D. with a concentration in Milton and is the recently retired head of the Languages and Literature department at Southern Utah University.