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bore for the sale barn - Wanda Morrow Clevenger

Published January 25, 2021
Chapbook - 41 pages, 5' x 8", ISBN: 979-8599253525
some letters
on my keyboard
have lapsed into coma
the q and x and 3
and Cap Lock

I pound on their
little chests,
a distraught surgeon
desperate to
resurrect
their little deaths

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Wanda Morrow Clevenger wrote eight poems in a handful of months in 1974; thirty-four years later she returned to writing. She has since placed over 467 pieces of work in 158 print and electronic literary journals and anthologies.

In August of 2013, while compiling the manuscript for this book she fell ill with pancreatitis, further complicated by necrosis in the following nine months, and wasn’t expected to survive. One year later, almost to the day, she sat down to finish where the hogs ate the cabbage.

She has her husband to thank for the title.