The Pig Poets

Pig Poets

Here are poetic compositions that consider the pig and how it ably serves and inspires every verse form.

Poetic works by Edwin G. Adams in which pigs are the subject, inspiration, a significant component of the imagery, a thematic form or a symbol.

Poetic works by Oscar Fay Adams in which pigs are the subject, inspiration, a significant component of the imagery, a thematic form or a symbol.

Robert Noble Adams, New Zealand, (1849-1914), poetry include: The Pig Hunt. Adams was a publisher, author and inventor and was the publisher for the Otago Daily Times and Witness Company from 1880 to retirement in 1908.

Adam Aitken, Australia (1960), poetry includes: Year of the Pig. Aitken is an Australian poet, memoirist, academic and editor. He is author of six collections of poetry.and his poems and short fiction have also been published widely in anthologies and literary journals. Aitken lectures in Creative Writing at the University of Technology, Sydney.

Kenneth Alfred Evelyn Alexander, New Zealand (c. 1890-1953), poetry includes: Pig-skin Patriotism. Alexander was a writer and illustrator, best known for his regular contributions to The New Zealand Railways Magazine. He wrote humorous segments on many subjects, all illustrated with his own drawings.

Alfred Allen, Northern Ireland/Australia, (1839-1917), poetry includes: The “More Pork” Bird. Allen had a varied career as an engineer, gold digger, printer, manufacturer, insurance agent and poet. He was Life Governor of Sydney Hospital; a founder of the Sydney Night Refuge and Soup Kitchen and a leading Quaker. He was also active in philanthropic and other works and gave strong support to the temperance cause.

Ambai Mary [sic. Meri], Papua New Guinea, (fl. 2012), poetry includes: A day in the comfortable life of a highlands pig. Ambai Mary [sic. Meri] is the pen name of the author, who wished anonymity because of the writer’s anxiety about some prejudicial attitudes in Australia.

Poetic works by Barthélémy Aneau in which pigs are the subject, inspiration, a significant component of the imagery, a thematic form or a symbol.

Joanne Arnott, Canada, (b. 1960), poetry includes: she is riding. Arnott is a writer, poet and cultural worker. Much of her published work focuses on her heritage in the Métis people of Canada, who trace their ancestry to a mix of First Nations and European peoples.

Nick Ascroft, New Zealand (b. 1973), poetry includes: Pig in a Pool, The Pig in the Hedge. Ashcroft is a poet, novelist and reviewer with a Masters in Linguistics from University of Otago in Dunedin. His poetry reviews and criticism are widely published in magazines in New Zealand and Australia, and he was the founding editor of the literary journal Glottis. Long based in Dunedin where he was also a renowned performance poet, he has since moved to the UK and now works for Bloomsbury Publishing in London, editing sports books and writing for their blog.

A random image of a pig, hog, boar or swine from the collection at Porkopolis.