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Poetry for Cats by Henry N. Beard
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Oct 14, 2011

really liked it
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Read in October, 2011

The author clearly loves both poetry and cats.

Years ago -- back when spam had to be sent via fax -- someone sent me "The End of the Raven, by Edgar Allan Poe's cat," and I loved it so much that I made a copy and tossed it in my "treasures" file. I dug it out this month when I learned that the kidlet was studying Poe in English class, and a little Googling revealed the source.

The Poe is a highlight:

While the bard and birdie chattered,
I made sure that nothing clattered,
Creaked, or snapped, or fell, or shattered,
as I crossed the corridor;
For his house is crammed with trinkets,
curios and weird decor -
Bric-a-brac and junk galore.

The one we've loved best so far, though, is "Meow of Myself," from "Leaves of Catnip," by Walt Whitman's Cat, which had the spouse literally falling from his chair with laughter. (Helps if you love "Leaves of Grass.")

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message 2: by Brownbetty (new) - added it

Brownbetty This sounds brilliant. I shall have to find it.

message 1: by Res (new) - rated it 4 stars

Res We're loving it. "Meowl," by Allen Ginsberg's cat, is also a treasure.

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