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Fup. Store Cat.

Chapter 98

In Loving Memory
Fup. Store Cat.
1988 — 2007

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"You'd think the moon were in Gresham," Bear remarks. "If it's more than ten miles away, it must be swollen near to bursting." The sidelong light draws every white hair out of his chin. At last, he's showing his age.

"The birds will get it soon enough," Fup mumbles.

"Come again?"

"One time we asked our father how the moon could start the night so big and get so small by midnight. 'All day it fills up with air,' he told us, 'in a hidden underground chamber. But the minute it comes out, the birds start pecking. Up and up it climbs, then each night it falls back down, shriveled like an old balloon.'"

If at first you don't succeed, fine, was Fup's reaction — there's plenty to be said for persistence. But fail often enough and you might try a new course. Weigh your options and steer your efforts accordingly.

"Bats, maybe," Bear supposes. "Probably not birds."

It had been a bedtime story, a means of putting Fup and her sisters to sleep. Eyelids heavy. Thoughts rattling like September leaves. Not birds nor bats, Fup doesn't tell Bear; more likely just the moon's fatigue.

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"All these cats lead exciting and varied lives wholly independent of the human race," notes the editor in his Introduction. Well, duh. Scant attention has been paid to the role of community in modern cat culture, so what a relief that here, finally, fifty articulate felines set the record straight. Funny, sad, occasionally shocking, but never less than true, these brave monologues reaffirm our interdependency in ways that choreographed public displays such as Paws Across America never can.

Unleashed: Poems by Writers' Dogs Unleashed: Poems by Writers' Dogs
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In "Dog Kibble," Tasha Baxter's verse exhibits a brutal economy of words: "Life is never meaningless," her villanelle announces, "there is always food." Here and throughout this collection these authors demand your attention, as if to bark, "You can send me to my room for yelling at the neighbors but you cannot silence what woofs in my heart!" Among the selections nominated for Best American Writing by Pets 2000 are Bob Barker Barry's sordid and hilarious hallucinogenic escapades with Lynda; a tragic, posthumous prose poem by Marrow Irving; and Sadie Louise Lamott's "Spoon River Sadie Louise," a wildly metered exploration of the cross-cultural dynamics within a household occupied by dogs, cats, birds, and small children. The sheer intellect of these collected pieces will renew your faith in dogs.

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