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Monologue of a Dog

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The Polish Nobelist, Wislawa Szymborska, finds clever twists on ordinary subjects in Monologue of a Dog. Sample Verse ”Other loves/still breathe deep inside me/This one’s too short of breath even to sigh.” Token Topical Poem From ”Photograph From September 11”: ”They’re still within the air’s reach, within the compass of places that have just now opened.” Bottom Line This remarkable book boasts several masterpieces, including the title poem, told from the perspective of a Hitler-like tyrant’s pet: ”I felt unfriendly glances on my fur.”

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