Buddha's Dogs / Edition 1

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Overview

These poems are at once tender, vulnerable, biting, heartbreaking, and hilarious. One moment you are laughing, the next moment drying your eyes.
Edward Hirsch, judge of the Four Way Books 2002 Intro Prize says of Buddha’s Dogs, "There’s a ruthless authenticity—a deep cherishing—in Buddha’s Dogs, a splendidly mature first book of poems that is filled with moments of Proustian recall, with the comedy and the anguish, the beauty and the burning of lived experience."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781884800566
  • Publisher: Four Way Books
  • Publication date: 4/1/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 85
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

SUSAN BROWNE was born in Long Beach, California. She was educated at California State University, Chico, and the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals, including River City, The Mississippi Review, Gargoyle, and Alaska Quarterly Review. She won the Four Way Books Intro Prize selected by Edward Hirsch and has received awards from the Chester H. Jones Foundation, the National Writer’s Union, and the Los Angeles Poetry Festival. She teaches literature and writing at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, California, and lives with her husband in Oakland.

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Table of Contents

Gensis
I Am Cyrano
Russian River
The Boy Who Hated Emily Dickinson
To the Postmodern Poet
On Learning Rats Nest in Trees
Out of This World
The Shady Way Inn
Braless
Dear John
After Breaking Up with My Twenty-Seventh Boyfriend
Christmas Eve, 1975
The Battle
My Car
Ode to High School, 1966-1970
I Have a Headache
Small Pleasures, Great Sweetness
Swearing, Smoking, Drinking
Those Nights
The Kitchen in Daylight
The Chair
Swing
Paradelle for Kerry, Who Survived the Car Accident
Smoke
The Yard
The Use of Poetry
The Brain and the Heart
Birthday
Father's Day
Driving Past Your Grave
Love Match
When My Mother Meets God
Buddha's Dogs
In the Art Gallery
Chance Meeting
Full Moon, Cabo San Lucas
Easter Sunday
Happy Hour
To My Night Pals
Star Food Sonata
For Road Z
At Mountain View Cemetery

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2008

    Dubious

    In a nutshell, Buddha'a Dogs is a collection of stories narrated by and starring only one animated character. The stories consist of scenes and individuals drawn from the character's past used to stage a display of the character's emotions. These emotional displays are the aim and meaning of Buddha's Dogs. Readers feeling a connection to the character are likely to intuit and vicariously enjoy the character's emotions without much preparation through the story. These readers are fortunate since those readers without this character connection may sometimes be puzzled at how some stories evoked the character's reactions. Readers who are puzzled and try to find a rational basis for the character's behavior can develop doubts about the character's good sense. If these doubts aren't quickly resolved, it's unlikely the reader can find value in this book. The readers simply must accept and even embrace the character for this book to work. One of Buddha's Dogs stories illustrates the difficulty of some readers. There's a poem in which the character is a junior college English teacher involved in exposing her class to Emily Dickinson's poetry. One boy tells our character he doesn't understand Dickinson's value and wonder why she's worth a lot of effort to appreciate. Our character spends the rest of the poem steaming in angry frustration at the boy but never mentions trying to find a way to reach him. If our character isn't behaving as seems reasonable, puzzled readers will try to find explanations. One possibility is that the teacher doesn't have an answer for the boy. Even more likely, our teacher is simply burnt out and needs to find a job that better fits her. The boy, about whom the author has told us next to nothing, comes across much better. Ignorant as he may be, he's candid and too honest to fake the Dickinson admiration our teacher expects. This book might be heartily enjoyed by readers with a good, intuitive connection to the character and who'll take vicarious pleasure in the character's emotions. Others without this connection might find themselves puzzled, lost in the book and ultimately dubious about the character. You might be in the former group. This reviewer was in the latter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2004

    A wonderful book you will love

    Without a doubt, this is the best book of poetry I have ever read. The language is fine, specific, clear, the ideas distinct and and lovely and luminous. And funny. I don't think I've ever laughed as much while reading poems. You will not regret buying this book and then you will surprise yourself by re-reading it over and over again.

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