Buddha's Dogs / Edition 1

Paperback (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from BN.com
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $3.46
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 76%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (10) from $3.46   
  • New (5) from $11.47   
  • Used (5) from $3.46   


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."

Read More Show Less

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.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

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
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
Paradelle for Kerry, Who Survived the Car Accident
The Yard
The Use of Poetry
The Brain and the Heart
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

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
( 2 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2008


    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.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • 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.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)