>From Doggerel: Great Poets on Remarkable Dogs, edited and illustrated by Martha Paulos (Chronicle, $12.95):
Don Marquis’s “Confession of a Glutton” (fragment):
“i am a well intentioned little pup/ but sometimes things come up/ to get a little dog in bad/ and now i feel so very very sad/ but the boss said never mind old scout/ time wears disgrace out.”
Erica Jong’s “Jubilate Canis” (fragment):
“For, thanks to Poochkin, I praise the Lord/ & no longer fear death./ For when my spirit flees my body through my nostrils,/ may it sail into the pregnant belly/ of a furry bitch.”
William Dickey’s “Hope”:
“At the foot of the stairs/ my black dog sits;/ in his body,/ out of his wits.
“On the other side/ of the shut front door/ there’s a female dog/ he’s nervous for.
“She’s the whole size/ of his mind—immense./ Hope ruling him/ past sense.”