Books for Cat Lovers: “Poetry From Scratch”


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Who knew that cats are such terrific poets? This collection by author Jennifer McCartney, Poetry From Scratch: A Kitten’s Book of Verse, offers something for every cat lover. For those who love the classics, check out these famous poems improved by cats: The Rodent Not Taken, Fuzzymandias and, my personal favorite, Do Not Go Gentle Into That Carrier for Pets (“Rage, rage against all trips to the vet”).


If you’re partial to odes, you’ll probably enjoy Ode to a Sunbeam or Ode to the Corner of the Book You’re Trying to Read. Are free verse and Beat poetry more your thing? Try 88 Lines About 44 Cats or Cat on the Union Pacific. Also featuring some amusing haikus and limericks, the book includes 50 adorable color photos.

$14.95 at The Countryman Press

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