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A Dog Runs Through It


Linda Pastan


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A moving selection of poems for dog lovers, accompanied by charismatic line drawings, from a poet with an "unfailing mastery of her medium" (New York Times Book Review).

Reflecting on her long and celebrated career in poetry, two-time National Book Award finalist Linda Pastan was struck by the number of dogs that have appeared in her poems—whether as the primary subject or in the briefest of allusions. Dogs run through these poems, so to speak. The poems span the lighthearted to the serious, from the antics of training a recalcitrant dog to the grief at a beloved dog’s death. With warmth, dignity, and quiet power, Pastan explores the many roles of these devoted animals, from household pet to Argos, Pluto, and the Dog Star.


We’re signing up for heartbreak,

We know one day we’ll rue it.

But oh the way our life lights up

The years a dog runs through it.

Praise For A Dog Runs Through It: Poems

An utterly delightful book—from the nimble line illustrations to the pristine visuals of the poems themselves, doled out with equal parts rue, whimsy, and wisdom.
— Rita Dove - New York Times Magazine

The National Book Award finalist captures the irreplaceable love of a woman for her canine in this wistful, witty collection.
— O Magazine

Written with Pastan’s natural strengths—lyrical lines, fluidity and grace. Whether by parable, anecdote, elegy, or narrative, Pastan’s dogs are blessed with poetry’s name by one of our best.
— Washington Independent Review of Books

W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393651300, 80pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 2018

About the Author

Linda Pastan's many awards include the Maurice English Award, the Radcliffe College Distinguished Alumni Award, and the 2003 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. The former poet laureate of Maryland, she is the author of fourteen books of poetry—the latest of which, Insomnia, won the Towson University Prize for Literature. She lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland.