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Today's poem is "Inseminating the Elephant"
from Inseminating the Elephant

Copper Canyon Press

Lucia Perillo, a MacArthur Fellow, is the author of four previous books of poetry that have won the Norma Farber First Book Award, the Kate Tufts Prize, the Balcones Prize, and the Kingsley Tufts Award. Her critically acclaimed memoir, Iíve Heard the Vultures Singing: Field Notes on Poetry, Illness, and Nature, was published in 2007.

Other poems by Lucia Perillo in Verse Daily:
January 19, 2009:   "Altered Beast" "You were a man and I used to be a woman..."
May 31, 2005:  "Chum" ""How come we all don't have the luxury of our ghosts..."
July 3, 2003:  "A Simple Campsong" "In the days of yore, three handsome drunks..."

Books by Lucia Perillo:

Other poems on the web by Lucia Perillo:
"The Oldest Map with the Name America"
Nine poems
"Four Red Zodiacs"
"The Van with the Plane"

About Inseminating the Elephant:

"It is a delight to wander with her into strange, imaginative territories. Always, I read her poems with surprise and (write it!) jealousy."
—Billy Collins

"Engaging and elegant ... [Perillo's] ironies are carefully honed ... [Her] directness is distinctly refreshing."
Los Angeles Times



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