Dogs in the Garden of Eden? Well, why not? Can you imagine a Garden of Eden without dogs? Pit bulls? Well, maybe not. But poodles, Labrador Retrievers and a short-haired boxer… my current favorites.
In any case Bruce Meyer catches that complex range of feelings we have for our canine friends and does so in a wide range of poetic forms, including villanelles... lots of rhyme and meter... lyrics, whimsy and an open-hearted love of dogs. For example, these lines from “O Canidae” where Bruce describes a dog sniffing bird bones:
…and taking two feathers in her mouth /
ran along the shore as if to fly. /
I tucked them in her collar: /
Now fly and make the universe howl, /
Black feathers, black wings, black night. /
Or these lines about a dog honing her finer sensibilities, one's family dog become a published poet:
And how she sent her last effort to a mag where it was accepted.
Like digging and redigging a hole, she’s always at it,
And hopes to title the manuscript for contest entries:
Tell Them A Dog Wrote This Poem.
“You are never complete until you know yourself,” Bruce Meyer writes in “O Canidae,” and in DOG DAYS it is our canine friends who, should we care to pay attention, teach us teach us teach us… to be HUMAN.
By the way, I began writing the "blurb" following a search on the internet which turned up “Bruce Meyer Discusses Heroes” on YouTube,
Meyers' other new book “Heroes: The Champions of Our Literary Imagination” (Harper Collins Canada) led to an interview with BookTV
Note: I would be remiss if I failed to mention that Bruce is, indeed, a friend and his publisher, Black Moss Press, is also mine.
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