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Harper reviews “I Could Chew on This: And Other Poems by Dogs” by Francesco Marciuliano.

Dogs’ voices are finally being heard! My human just brought home the book, “I Could Chew on This: And Other Poems by Dogs.” It’s a very realistic look at a dog’s life through silly, fun poems. And you know we love poetry here at Small-Poodle-at-Large! These poems are honest and appeal to a dog’s enthusiasm and love of repetition.

According to the forward in the book, “thanks to an unprecedented–and unaccredited–writing program, dogs everywhere are exposing their true inner lives through the power of poetry.” I can really get behind that…and I’d even sniff it if I could!

Some of the poems are a bit raunchy, others scatalogical (hey, we’re dogs!), so this is not a G-rated book of poems for those of you with young pups at home.

Here is my favorite poem from the collection:

I Lose My Mind When You Leave the House

The plants are torn

The garbage strewn

The wires chewed

The couch and I had a fight

Your bed is soaked

Your liquor spilled

Your TV smashed

Your laptop no longer has any vowels

There’s a smartphone in the toaster

There’s a toaster in the toilet

There’s a toilet in the hallway

There’s underwear in my mouth

I went places I should never go

I saw a side of myself I should never see

I said things to the cat I can never take back

So please don’t ever leave again ~

Whew, it sounds like someone had a touch of crazy — otherwise known as separation anxiety — that day.  Well, that’s life…it happens to the best of us. 

If you really want to get inside a dog’s head, I give “I Could Chew on This” three paws up.