Dawn an unsympathetic yellow.books for ALL pet lovers!
Cra-aack! — dry and light.
The house was really struck.
Crack! A tinny sound, like a dropped tumbler.
Tobias jumped in the window, got in bed –
silent, his eyes bleached white, his fur on end.
Personal and spiteful as a neighbor’s child,
thunder began to bang and bump the roof.
One pink flash; then hail, the biggest size of artificial pearls.
Dead-white, wax-white, cold –
diplomats’ wives’ favors
from an old moon party –
they lay in melting windrows
on the red ground until well after sunrise.
We got up to find the wiring fused,
no lights, a smell of saltpetre,
and the telephone dead.
The cat stayed in the warm sheets.
The Lent trees had shed all their petals:
wet, stuck, purple, among the dead-eye pearls.
Monday, December 9, 2013
The apotheosis of the cat
The Big New Yorker Book of Cats. Quite the compendium, it covers cats both exotic and domestic and includes pieces by authors such as John Updike, Margaret Atwood, James Thurber, and Susan Orlean—as well as a cadre of famed cartoonists. Below is a sampling of its contents for your perusal and enjoyment, beginning with Electrical Storm, by Elizabeth Bishop.