Haiku and Senryu About Dogs

First published in Woodnotes #31, Autumn 1997, page 55.

Scratch-n-Sniff: Haiku and Senryu About Dogs, edited by Ebba Story and S. B. Friedman. Two Autumns Press, 1996, 32 pages, paperback, 5½ by 8½ inches. $5.00 postpaid from Ebba Story at 478 Guerrero Street, San Francisco, California 94110 [address no longer correct]. The editors have dedicated this labor of love to the dogs that have touched their lives. This spirit of affection has guided the selection and presentation of Scratch-n-Sniff’s dog poems, complete with rubber hand-stampings of dog images. Here are two of this book’s fine puppy poems, by Pat Gallagher and then Pat Shelley:

my puppy

dead in the road

Grandmother holds me back

new puppy in my arms

finds my nipple

through a denim shirt