Dream Horse Press
And We The Creatures
edited by C. J. Sage
"I approached this book fully intending to experience a theme-anthology and maybe some pretty poems about our beloved pets. May I apologize to myself and to the publisher. Here is an anthology of nearly 90 poems that shift the view of the reader, with powerful writings, presenting poems that are a critique of our society, and become seeds in the heart that stay, days after the reading. We all know how poetry of an 'intended narrative' can become polemic. Not here. These poems struggle with questions of monumental size; they are not philosophical utterances; they are solid literary works that take into account the solitude of suffering - in this case, the suffering of animals. The spirit of compassion that fills this book tilts the scale of humankind and, while illuminating the wrenching conditions that animals endure, the poems are masterpieces of the spirit. I don't know how the publisher J.P. Dancing Bear, and editor CJ. Sage managed to gather these particular poems; I do not know how much time and attention it took, but let me say, patience was rewarded for this is as fine an anthology as is printed today....If you buy one anthology this year, let it be this one."
Grace Cavalieri, The Montserrat Review
This collection is unlike anything that has ever before been published. A body of excellent poems by renowned and emerging American authors for animal rights and appreciation, it is not only the first of its kind but comprises the very best poetry on the topic. Beginning with Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Dunn's "The Animals of America," which imagines how animals view their human relations, and ending with the editor's dedication poem "For the Animal Rights Activists," the anthology moves gently from a concern for the welfare of traditional family petssomething to which most everyone can assentthrough the situations of animals for food, clothing, hobby, beauty, science, labor, and the myriad industries of human profitaspects of the topic which many of us might never have seriously consideredand finally to the celebration of non-human animals and the human animals who work for their safety and kind treatment. And We The Creatures is a book that everyone should read.
Austin Alexis, David Baker, Will M. Baker, Ellen Bass, Randy Blasing, William Borden, Grace Butcher, Scott Cairns, Ashley Capps, Robert M. Chute, Tom Crawford, Deborah Cummins, J. P. Dancing Bear, Gregory Djanikian, Joseph Duemer, Stephen Dunn, Karl Elder, Sally Fisher, Lisa Fishman, Stuart Friebert, Dan Gerber, Jason Gray, Bob Hicok, Jane Hirshfield, Amy Holman, Tina Kelley, John Kennedy, Ted Kooser, Richard Levine, Sarah Lindsay, Edward C. Lynskey, Wesley McNair, Jane Mead, Alyce Miller, Robert S. Pesich, Kenneth Pobo, Lawrence Raab, Carl Rakosi, David Roderick, C. J. Sage, Gary Short, Thomas R. Smith, Gabriel Spera, Hannah Stein, Ira Sukrungruang, Arthur Sze, Diane Thiel, Chase Twichell, David Wagoner, Charles Harper Webb, & Alice Ahrens Williams
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