Oh, you guys, I loved this book. Just loved it. It would be a perfect gift for any dog-lover in your life. Oliver is, of course, a wonderful poet anyway, but her love for dogs shines through. Many of the poems are deceptively simple on the surface:
Benjamin, Who Came From Who Knows Where
What shall I do?
When I pick up the broom
he leaves the room.
When I fuss with kindling he
runs for the yard.
Then he’s back, and we
hug for a long time.
In his low-to-the-ground chest
I can hear his heart slowing down.
Then I rub his shoulders and
kiss his feet
and fondle his long hound ears.
Benny, I say,
don’t worry. I also know the way
the old life haunts the new.
So, if you know a dog-lover or are one yourself, this is the right Christmas gift. Also? Illustrated with the sweetest black-and-white drawings.