‘UNLEASHED: POEMS BY WRITERS’ DOGS’ edited by Amy Hemple and Jim Shepard (Three Rivers Press, 1995).
The editors write:“There is a tradition of writing in the voice of a dog that begin, as best we can tell, with Alexander Pope in the eighteenth century:
I am his Highness’ dog at Kew;
Pray Tell me, sir, whose dog are you?“
Then, they present several dozen poems written by writers. Here’s a snippet of one by Charles Baxter entitled ‘Dog kibble: A villanelle’ –
Live is never meaningless: there is always food.
All day I sit upon the stairs, nose between the bars,
And consider kibble – its smell, its taste, its mood …
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