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Fup. Store Cat.

Chapter 54

In Loving Memory
Fup. Store Cat.
1988 — 2007

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Fup wakes an hour before the store opens, pausing only momentarily to grab a bite to eat before she heads out to meet the train. Ducking from awning to awning up the Park blocks in the rain she goes north as far as Glisan Street before the difficult crossing at Broadway. When she fails to recognize any of the other cats waiting on the platform she finds an unoccupied chair and contemplates the marinade for tonight's fish. Does Clara not like dill? One of them doesn't like dill; it's either Ro or Clara.

She counts to fifty and counts to fifty again. Train or no train in sight, each number marks one step nearer to her sisters' arrival. She runs through the names of Ro's kids: Tiger, Roosevelt, Socks, Orlando, Augustus, Miles, and Peanut Butter Joe, repeats the names in reverse order, then a third time according to size. Thursday there's Cesar's party, but who knows what they'll do all weekend. Hawthorne, the Rose Quarter, or downtown. Maybe this time they'll make it to Forest Park.

A slight sour rolling shakes her stomach — she can't help skipping forward to the end. This time next Tuesday a train will be carrying Ro and Clara back east through the gorge. Already she sees herself slumping back to the bookstore without them.

One, two, three, Fup begins again, four, five, six, seven.

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That Cat That Changed My Life: 50 Cats Talk About How They Became Who They Are That Cat That Changed My Life: 50 Cats Talk About How They Became Who They Are
by Bruce Eric Kaplan

"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
by Amy Hempel

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.

Is Your Cat Too Fat?Is Your Cat Too Fat?
by Bronwen Meredith

Too fat for what? And what business is it of this Meredith person's anyway? Bronwen sounds like the kind of lady I wouldn't like at all.

 

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