I was going to write about a real-life detective story involving a 4,000 year old language, but then I came across I Could Pee On This: And Other Poems By Cats by Francesco Marciuliano and I felt like it was, of course, more important to talk about this hilariously irreverent book of cat poetry. Or, should I say, book of poems written by cats.
If you think the author’s name sounds familiar, it is probably because you recognize it from the internationally syndicated comic strip, Sally Forth. In I Could Pee On This, Marciuliano gives voice to the fuzzy little creatures that share our home and hearts. Cat lovers will greatly appreciate the intimate detailing with which Marciuliano paints life with cats. For example, in the poem, “Closed Door,” a cat claws at a door, demanding that the owner “LET ME IN LET ME IN LET ME IN/LET ME IN LET ME IN LET ME IN…” However, when the door unexpectedly opens, the narrating cat appears surprised and comments: “Oh, uh, hello/I did not expect answer/I did not expect an entrance/I did not expect this room to be/so unbelievably dull” and he quickly departs.
For those who think that cat poetry is something that would only appeal to cat people, I would suggest that you check this book out anyway for its clever concept and tongue-in-cheek humor. Besides, the dog lovers out there will appreciate how very clearly this book demonstrates that life with dogs is, without a doubt, much better.
Well, at least we can feel that way til Marciuliano’s new book, I Could Chew On This: And Other Poems By Dogs, gets to MPL…