- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Reprint edition (January 15, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312151136
- ISBN-13: 978-0312151133
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.9 x 7.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,099,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Dog Music: Poetry About Dogs Paperback – January 15, 1997
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About the Author
Jim Simmerman is a poet and a professor at Northern Arizona University. He lives in Flagstaff, Arizona.
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There are well over a hundred poets represented in this anthology, and some of them have contributed more than one poem. I recognized only the obvious names - Elizabeth Bishop, Raymond Carver, Billy Collins, James Dickey, Donald Justice, Elizabeth Marshall Thomas (I loved her book, The Hidden Life of Dogs), and John Updike. And I will readily confess I did not read every poem, only the ones that "spoke to me." And these were generally poems about loving and losing a dog, experiences I am all too familiar with. And there are quite a few of these - about dogs who wandered off to die, those hit by cars, dogs being 'put down,' dogs being buried, etc." It all sounds kinda grim, I know. And yes, some are hard to read, but even in spite of the heartbreak of losing a dog, which, given their shorter life span, is inevitable, you also will remember all the joy you got from your dog - or dogs, in my case.
I'm not going to quote any of the poems contained in this book, instead here's a line from one of the poets, Paul Mariani, that was NOT in a poem: "Aren't animals, dogs in particular, like angels sent among us to instruct us on the business of being human?"
My answer to that perhaps rhetorical question is an emphatic YES!
If you have lived with and loved a dog - or dogs (Runt, Heidi, Chico, Daisy, Barney, Mac, Emmy) - then I guarantee you'll find something you like in DOG MUSIC. Highly recommended.
- Tim Bazzett, author of the memoir, BOOKLOVER