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Fup. Store Cat.

The Trip to Kahani  
Chapter 28

In Loving Memory
Fup. Store Cat.
1988 — 2007

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"South across two small valleys until you reach a river, then east, upstream," the spruce tells Joe. "Keep walking until the river bends sharply to the north. They say Kahani begins there, on the opposite bank."

The cats have gathered by the creek with Zooey, but it's still Joe who's speaking on their behalf.

"They say?" Joe asks.

"I've never been," the spruce confides, which seems entirely obvious once he says it.

The spruce's voice sounds like sculpted breath, Fup thinks; it sounds like smooth bundles of air in flight.

Joe scratches the dirt with his hoof. "You know about Kahani though?" he asks the tree. "It exists?"

"Oh, it must," the spruce replies. "Or you'd assume so, anyway, from all we hear. Though if anyone could tell stories as elaborate as the ones about Kahani, it'd probably be a tree."

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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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