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"My brain: walnut-sized./ Yours: largest among primates./ Yet who leaves for work?" In 100 haikus illustrated with sepia-toned woodcut-like illustrations, Welch, author of two previous books with Andrews McMeel, gives voice to the hauteur and grace of cats using one of the most elegantly compressed verse forms. While the results are rarely poetry ("I don't mind being/ Teased, any more than you mind/ A skin graft or two"), they conform unerringly to the classic 5-7-5 syllable pattern and clearly reflect an appreciation of feline prowess and cunning. Fierce independence, dog torture, property destruction, sun worship, aquarium watchfulness-all get their 17 syllables. Japanese Kanji characters mark nearly every glossy page, printed in differing shades of faux-brown parchment, bringing something of Japan's long history of cat veneration to this 5x5 gift book.
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Book Description
Cats are our homes, our lives, and the sunny spot in our favorite chair. We may like to think we own them, but in reality, they have the upper hand, uh, paw. Alternately maddeningly aloof and irresistibly affectionate, mysterious yet familiar, they always keep us guessing about their inner motives and thoughts. And just how might a cat expressits innermost thoughts? Undoubtedly in haiku, the ancient 17-syllable form of poetry from Japan. With clever illustrations in the style of traditional Japanese woodcuts, more than 100 witty "catku" are collected into chapters such as "The Way of the Hunter," "Mind/Body/Spirit," "The Path to Enlightenment," and "The Physical World." Each one illuminates the Zen-like nature of the cat. The prudence of the hunter: "Stealthy and silent, I stalk birds- but listen for The can opener." The vargaries of the physical world: "Seeking solitude I am locked in the closet. For once I need you." Catku will delight cat lovers who will recognize the feline attitude reflected in these verses and perhaps that the so-called lazy cat perched on the back of a favorite chair is really just in deep meditation, seeking the path to enlightenment while composing a few more catku.


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Hardback Editions

March 2004 : USA Hardback

Title: Catku: What Is the Sound of One Cat Napping?
Author(s): Pat Welch
ISBN: 0-7407-4169-1 / 978-0-7407-4169-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
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