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Buddha’s Dogs
Susan Browne

Four Way
2004 • 85 pp. 6 x 9 1/4"

$14.95 Paperback, 978-1-884800-56-6

These poems are at once tender, vulnerable, biting, heartbreaking, and hilarious. One moment you are laughing, the next moment drying your eyes.
Edward Hirsch, judge of the Four Way Books 2002 Intro Prize says of Buddha’s Dogs, "There’s a ruthless authenticity—a deep cherishing—in Buddha’s Dogs, a splendidly mature first book of poems that is filled with moments of Proustian recall, with the comedy and the anguish, the beauty and the burning of lived experience."

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From the Book:


Just before dawn, the wind begins rioting,
and my love and I discuss the towering pine,
how it might crash through the roof, into our bed,

and suddenly I take pleasure in his nose,
which is small and aquiline and a fine addition to his face,
a face I have not tired of looking at in eight years.

The wind rattles the loose mouldings of the window panes
and we muse on the odds of being crushed.
I don't believe the worst will happen...

SUSAN BROWNE was born in Long Beach, California. She was educated at California State University, Chico, and the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals, including River City, The Mississippi Review, Gargoyle, and Alaska Quarterly Review. She won the Four Way Books Intro Prize selected by Edward Hirsch and has received awards from the Chester H. Jones Foundation, the National Writer’s Union, and the Los Angeles Poetry Festival. She teaches literature and writing at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, California, and lives with her husband in Oakland.

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