Sarah Barber


The trick is not to think of the acorns
this pig never ate since this pig was a factory
of pigs slaughtered for meat and these bristles     
were harvested after but nobody calls this
using the whole hog which would be good
the way bristles are good for distributing
oil through hair you no longer shampoo
which is good the way protesting factory
pig farms by raising your own is good.
The thing is once you’ve seen a pig shocked
by an electric fence you don’t forget it.
The trick is not to think of any pigs at all.
The thing about rage—you think they felt it
charging the fence, openmouthed, again—
is its capacity for multiplication is easily
equaled by its ability to burn itself out.