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message 1: by Jimmy (new)

Jimmy | 1612 comments Mod
On Rattle's Poets Respond today. The pig is my totem animal, so I find this very disturbing:

by Matthew Murrey

Kept alive. Thoughtless.
What if it was thinking?
In the thirties, under Stalin,
dogs’ severed heads were vivified—
swallowed, blinked, flinched.
So what is black and white,
and what is gray? Pigs
are raised without sun or wind,
except on the way to slaughter.
There was a pig’s brain
removed from the stall of its skull
and bathed in a concoction
of warm and artificial blood.
Thirty-six hours they kept it
from death. That’s a start.
Dog to pig to whom? And what
is the life span of pity?
In English we call, thoughtless,
the worst among us pigs.

Matthew Murrey: “A week ago I saw an article on the BBC describing how scientists at MIT were able to keep the brains of pigs alive ‘using a system of pumps, heaters, and bags of artificial blood.'”

message 2: by Robert (new)

Robert Zwilling | 2193 comments Wild super pigs bred for eating are superb at surviving in the wild

message 3: by Afiena (new)

Afiena Kamminga | 2 comments it's an outrage to call the worst of humanity 'pigs' or by any other label we choose to pin on our non-human fellow earthlings/the worst among humans deserve to be named what they are: ABOMINATIONS

message 4: by Brian (new)

Brian Burt | 450 comments Mod
Pigs are highly intelligent: pretty cool totem animal, Jimmy!

In Margaret Atwood's brilliant The MaddAddam Trilogy: Oryx and Crake; The Year of the Flood; MaddAddam, super-intelligent pigs roam the ruins of a post-enviromental collapse / post-bioweapon plague-decimated landscape, preying on unwary human survivors. Poetic justice? ;-)

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