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Pet Poems [Kindle Edition]

Patrick Edwards-Daugherty , Francesca Frati
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Book Description

Home renovation leads to the discovery of a cache of poems, and in deciphering the scratchings, a fierce but often sublime animal world is revealed.

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  • File Size: 431 KB
  • Print Length: 54 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1456377620
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005MZ9ZGI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,673,465 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Smallest Enclosures Are the Safest... January 25, 2011
Ralph Waldo Emerson once said that "curiosity is lying in wait for every secret."

In the world of Pet Poems, animals tell us stories. And in those beautiful stories, we find a little piece of ourselves, of our own evolutionary connection to another world. A dog howls a song outside a child's room: "even when you dream, the world outside your mind is in it." Life can be cruel, and sometimes we are forced to abandon many things: family, love, expectations for our future. But a stray cat reminds us to do what we can...and "just keep walking."

This collection of poems is a powerful reminder that we are inextricably linked to all living things inhabiting the earth. We see through the eyes of these animals, whose lives are interwoven, either by design or circumstance, into our own experiences. Whether we find ourselves in the wild or in our own backyard, we have connections with the animal world that are fascinating, evolving, and even, perhaps, critical to our survival.

This connection with our pets reflects an essential bond, an ideological connection between the symbolic nature of the animal and the status of man. The early Greeks held that animals not only symbolized certain characteristics, but permanently manifested them. The animal, as mirror and mediator, helps to situate man in relation to the gods and in relation to himself; he has no existence of his own, no special world.

Patrick Edwards-Daugherty has woven a masterful tale of the animal world. In doing so, he has revealed a tantalizing and beautiful glimpse into the interconnectedness of all living beings.

It is incredible how much our pets have to teach us.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magic November 22, 2013
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A book of poems that will transport you to another world. I cannot praise this collection enough. It is a breath of creative fresh air, exquisitely written and beautifully arranged. I bought a copy for my dad who is quite particular about his poetry, he rang me one day and said he had read one poem and put the book aside thinking I had gone slightly mad. Then a week later he picked it up again, read the whole collection in one go and thought hang on a second, this is not weird, this is truly amazing. Let yourself seduced by the words and see the world through different eyes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Didactics of Domesticity December 14, 2011
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The literary canon has been built, generation to generation, in gazing back at those who gave voice to the voiceless. To understand our selves, our present, and our future requires us to adopt Emerson's transparent eyeball; we must step out of ourselves and assess where we--individually and collectively--have been, in order to see where we are going.

Mason Cooley aphorized, "Reading gives us someplace to go when we have to stay where we are." Pet Poems likewise offers fragments of what has (and what might have) been in worlds not unlike our own. It is a collection of contemporary parables, snapshots of moments running beneath our legs and draped across our laps. More, its narrative offers storytellers just as fragmented as the memories of its audience; truth rests in ethos of the pets' innocence, in their ability to commune but not share.

This book is a delight in its humble suggestion that humans have a responsibility to listen. That we must, upon finishing the collection, not just be human but also be humane. We must allow nostalgia, consider good byes, and pay attention. The words, no longer hidden, are of dogs and cats, squirrels, birds, and mysterious unknowns. And the words work to remind us that the tiniest life, dependent on the communities we build, tear, and restore, rest on the obsession of the right to be and the right to become.
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