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Edward Albee, Jennifer Allen, Danny Anderson, Lynda Barry, Rick Bass, Charles Baxter, Robert Benson, Roy Blount, Jr., Ron Carlson, Jill Ciment, Bernard ...
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Edward Albee, Jennifer Allen, Danny Anderson, Lynda Barry, Rick Bass, Charles Baxter, Robert Benson, Roy Blount, Jr., Ron Carlson, Jill Ciment, Bernard Cooper, Stephen Dobyns, Mark Doty, Stephen Dunn, Anderson Ferrell, Amy Gerstler, Matthew Graham, Ron Hansen, Brooks Haxton, Cynthia Heimel, Amy Hempel, Noy Hollan, Andrew Hudgins, John Irving, Denis Johnson, R.S. Jones, Walter Kirn, Sheila Kohler, Maxine Kumin, Natalie Kusz, Anne Lamott, Gordon Lish, Ralph Lombreglia, Merrill Markoe, Pearson Marx, Erin McGraw, Heather McHugh, Arthur Miller, George Minot, Susan Minot, Honor Moore, Mary Morris, Alicia Muñoz, Elise Paschen, Padgett Powell, Wyatt Prunty, Lawrence Raab, Mark Richard, John Rybicki, Jeanne Schinto, Bob Shacochis, Jim Shepard, Karen Shepard, Lee Smith, Ben Sonnenberg, Kate Clark Spencer, Gerald Stern,
Terese Svoboda, William Tester, Abigail Thomas, Lily Tuck, Sidney Wade, Kathryn Walker, William Wegman
Dog lovers and other discriminating readers won't be able to resist this warm and winning collection of poems, written from the dog's point of view, by the celebrated writers and poets whose love of woofs and words has inspired a wonderful book. Photos.
Leaves--I thought they were birds.
This was followed, according to Mark, by an ambitious sequel,
Tangled cassette tapes behind Tower Records,
I thought it was rats--
it was rats!
One thing we were sure of: part of our happiness derived from pleasing them--the dogs we know, and, it occurred to us, the dogs we didn't know.
So we decided to give to a range of animal welfare agencies every last cent we make on this book.
Actually, we're devoting only half. But still--half!
Think of it as our benefit for the boneless.
So we're not Michael Rosen! What have you done for animals lately?
We have done what vocational guidance counselors recom-mend: find a thing you do anyway, and find a way to make it pay. And for us the surprise was no surprise at all--page after page of love poems.
Love Song of Audrey
The door, friends, will not
Open. My kidneys urge
The tedious quotidian.
I have measured out my life
With quiet whines.
I grow old-- I growold--
In endless dogs' manure I'll have rolled.
No! I am not Ch. Dandie Dinsmore,
Nor was meant to be;
Just a beta dog, one that will do
To swell a pack, start a fight or two
Advise the alpha, deferential,
Glad to be of use,
A rear-sniffer, meticulous,
Politic, cautious, a bit obtuse.
Shall I drink from the toilet? Do I dare steal from the plate?
I shall sleep upon their bed, on those nights they return late.
I shall steal away his slipper, then steal away its mate.
I'm a dead dog for real now;
no longer can I rise from my fakery, alert to commands
I'd come to think of as love,
though I never did obey as well as Sundown did or as a truly good dog would.
To play the slave, not be one,
was my code. You understood,
who would play the master.
From my grave in the yard I see now you had no gift for it, or heart.
Bad dog, you'd say,
so little conviction in your voice.
In seconds you'd be patting my head.
Forgiveness made you happy; I'd tip over the garbage to he forgiven by you.
Let me tell you it's no life being dead. I'd give anything to chase the gulls again.
But clarities come when the body goes.
For whatever it's worth you should know--you who think so much--
only what's been smelled or felt gets remembered.
And in the dark earth no doors open,
no one ever comes home.
|Love Song of Audrey||20|
|Complacencies of the Fenced Yard||24|
|Ballad of Winky||26|
|Dog Kibble: A Villanelle||28|
|Max Who Caught a Car||32|
|Do Not Let Skeezix Go in There: Winslow's Villanelle||34|
|Harold's Bowl and Food||35|
|A Country Dog in the City||44|
|A War Poem||45|
|Retired Greyhound, I||49|
|Full Neurological Work-up||52|
|Lewis Describes His Day||56|
|Y'All Are Bird Dogs, Aren't You?||58|
|Daisy, Five, Speaks to Sophia, Two||71|
|Glom: Labrador, 110 Pounds||78|
|In the Heat of the Night||80|
|Missing: A Dog's Doggerel||82|
|I love my master I love my master||90|
|A Toast to the Cook||97|
|Retired Greyhound, II||100|
|Spoon River Sadie Louise||133|
|How to Like It||140|
|Max's Lecture on Canine Buddhism||145|
|Beau: Golden Retrievals||150|
|When I Died on My Birthday||164|
Posted September 11, 2010
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