Guardian of the gates of hell, brightest star in the night sky, the dog is the saucy, swaggering, world-weary trickster whose indomitable spirit has been mythologized for millennia. In Dog, poets Catherine Owen and Joe Rosenblatt have written a volume of solo and conjoined sonnets about dogs of the cosmos, the underworld and the psyche. Orbiting around the striking canine images of photographer Karen Moe's Perros: Dogs of Central Havana, Owen and Rosenblatt wisely and wittily follow the scent of mankind's oldest friend, sniffing out the traces of the dog in all of us.
Joe Rosenblatt is an accomplished author and artist who, over the course of a five-decade career has produced over twenty books of poetry, fiction, non-fiction and visual art. He was the second poet to be published by Coach House Press, which released The LSD Leacock in 1966. Rosenblatt has since received several major awards, including the Governor General's Award for his poetry collection Top Soil, as well as the B.C. Book Prize for Poetry Hotel in 1986. He lives in Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island.
Catherine Owen is a Vancouver poet and writer, the author of nine collections of poetry. A book of essays and memoirs, 'Catalysts: Confrontations with the Muse', was published earlier this year. Catherine's work has appeared in periodicals throughout Canada, Austria, New Zealand, and Australia. Her books and poems have been nominated for numerous awards, including the Gerald Lampert Award, the BC Book Prize, the ReLit Award, the George Ryga Award for Social Awareness In Literature, Short Grain, and The Earle Birney Prize. Her last book of poetry, 'Frenzy' (Anvil), won the Alberta Literary Award in 2009. She has a Masters degree in English and plays bass in the metal bands Inhuman and Helgrind.
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