First I thought I'd just read one or two poems while I worked away at my job as a librarian. Soon I was sitting and reading the whole thing with big, fat tears rolling down my cheeks (yes, right in front of the students and everybody) because I, like Mary Oliver, understand what it means to be loved by a dog. And
Here is a little sample from the first poem in the collection:
HOW IT BEGINSIn addition to the poems, the illustrations of dogs on the cover and in between the poems are just perfect. The illustrator is John Burgoyne. It was very difficult to figure this out since his name is only little on the back flap in teeny-tiny font as the illustrator of the book jacket. Shame on you Penguin Press for not giving this illustrator more credit on the title page! Here is an example from the book of his lovely pen and ink illustrations:
A puppy is a puppy is a puppy.
He's probably in a basket with a bunch
of other puppies.
Then he's a little older and he's nothing
but a bundle of longing.
He doesn't even understand it.
Then someone picks him up and says,
"I want this one."
|Dog Songs Poems by Mary Oliver, illustration by John Burgoyne (Penguin Press, 2013)|
Disclaimer: I read the copy of the book I purchased for my library.