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Dog Songs

by Mary Oliver

Hardcover, 127 pages, Penguin Group USA, List Price: $26.95 |


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Book Summary

A selection of new and favorite poems celebrates the canine companions who have enriched the author's world, exploring how they have accompanied her walks, inspired her work and served as life guides.

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21 weeks on NPR Hardcover Fiction Bestseller List

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Excerpt: Dog Songs


The first time Percy came back
he was not sailing on a cloud.
He was loping along the sand as though
he had come a great way.
Percy," I cried out, and reached to him

those white curls
but he was unreachable. As music
is present yet you can't touch it.
Yes, it's all different," he said.
You're going to be very surprised."
But I wasn't thinking of that. I only
wanted to hold him. Listen," he said.
I miss that too.
And now you'll be telling stories

of my coming back
and they won't be false, and they won't be true,
but they'll be real."
And. then, as he used to, he said, Let's go!"
And we walked down the beach together.

From Dog Songs by Mary Oliver. Copyright 2013 by Mary Oliver. Excerpted by permission of Penguin Press.