Throw the Damn Ball: Classic Poetry by Dogs

Throw the Damn Ball: Classic Poetry by Dogs

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by R. D. Rosen
     
 

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A hilarious collection of poetry by dogs- perfect for lovers of literature and pups alike

“Dogs seldom make passes
At dogs passing gasses.”

Are these the words of Dorothy Parker? Ogden Nash?

Nope, the author is Sparky from Milton, Pennsylvania. Sparky, Snowy, Tucker, Louie, these canine laureates have written a volume of poetry

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A hilarious collection of poetry by dogs- perfect for lovers of literature and pups alike

“Dogs seldom make passes
At dogs passing gasses.”

Are these the words of Dorothy Parker? Ogden Nash?

Nope, the author is Sparky from Milton, Pennsylvania. Sparky, Snowy, Tucker, Louie, these canine laureates have written a volume of poetry displaying the brilliance and wit we've always suspected our dogs were hiding from us. They also, it turns out, revere the human geniuses who came before them, as you’ll see with “There Is No Frigate Like A Pavement” - an homage to Emily Dickinson - and “Do Not Go Gentle.” Yes, Dylan Thomas would love it.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780698141223
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/29/2013
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
128
File size:
33 MB
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Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

R. D. Rosen is the Edgar Award-winning author of Strike Three You’re Dead and other Harvey Blissberg mysteries, plus several nonfiction books.

Harry Prichett has written and performed for the improv comedy group Chicago City Limits, and is the voice you often hear on television and radio commercials.

Rob Battles, who has written and produced for public radio stations and National Public Radio, is a senior vice president for a large, forward-looking media company.

Together, Rosen, Prichett and Battles wrote the bestselling Bad Dog, Bad Baby, Bad President, and (with Jim Edgar) Bad Cat.

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Throw the Damn Ball: Classic Poetry by Dogs 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really love this book cause it makes me laugh out loud.The poems are very good and I can imagine a dog thinking these things.  It's going to be on my gift list for sure - a great book for dog lovers, poetry lovers, humor lovers or just anyone who already "has it all" - they don't have it all till they have this book!
Brklynreader More than 1 year ago
Love this book. Very clever, funny and the perfect gift.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This year's best "stocking stuffer".
ahoundsense More than 1 year ago
Gave it as a gift to a poetry writing dog lover and it has inspired their work in some new WV directions.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is as hilarious and lovable as it is literary! I loved every line on every page! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fabulous and clever. What a fun read for all!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Picked this book up for a fellow dog lover's birthday. I read it on the subway ride home and decided to keep it. I'll get another one for my friend before his party. Hilarious, clever and even touching. We ascribe many thoughts and feelings to our pets but this book, at times. comes closer than most to getting inside that mysterious noggin of "dog", and then, careens back to the delight we humans take in having them in our lives. Stocking stuffer?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like dogs like I do, Throw The Damn Ball is an hilarious gut-laugh not to be missed!  The assortment of  poetry harmonizes with the dog in all of us! Through prose the authors  show us the "in your face truth", to wit,  that on the evolutionary scale, human behavior, needs and desires are little removed from those of our canine companions!   AGO
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This collection reveals that the poetry of dogs is almost as various and idiosyncratic as the poetry of humans.  The dogs represented here express many emotions -- from affection and slavish admiration to amoral hedonism to aggressive bombast to philosophical detachment.  Many of these dogs are consciously literary, alluding often to human poets such as Frost, Longfellow and William Carlos Williams.      Particularly memorable for its incisive confidence is the poem "Island" by a dog named Jet from Nashville, a poem that presents what Harold Bloom would call a strong reversal of John Donne's famous "No man is an island" sermon.  Also memorably bold are the poems "Step Away" by Deeb from Chicago, "The Sea" by Ripley from Brooklyn, "You Disgust Me" by Skippy from New Jersey, and "Startled by a Bird" by Marbury from Connecticut -- these dogs are definitely in touch with their feelings, in ways that chasten our human tendency toward insincerity.      Meanwhile there is also canine tenderness -- as in "Where Are You?" by Zooey from New York and "Alone" by Zoe, a different dog also from New York.      Dog poets are more vividly attuned to bodily functions than most human bards, so THROW THE DAMN BALL is not for the puritanical reader, but the open-minded dog lover will want to memorize some of the entries in this book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great Book. LOVE IT......
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What is up with 3 pages of preview that includes 2 pics and an acknnowlwdgement page? If you cannot give a decent preview, i cannot give up my money....besides my dog tells me knock knock jokes....