New poetry: animals, their humans and the impact of war


Three new works of poetry draw their inspiration from topics ranging from the human-animal relationship to the impact of war to the tragic arc of Princess Diana’s life.

“Darling, I Love You” by Daniel Ladinsky (Penguin) is the perfect read for those seeking respite from the seemingly endless stream of unsettling events in the news these days. Ladinsky, well-known for his translations of the poets Hafiz, Rumi and others, presents comforting haiku and haiku-like poems told from the perspective of dogs, their owners and a variety of other animals. The opening piece, named after Cole Porter’s song “Begin the Beguine,” highlights the interconnectedness of all creatures and the importance of singing, “Darling, I love you!” — which the furry speaker eventually vows to do. The pages that follow present a variety of insights about everyday pleasures — a belly rub, a…



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