I Could Pee On This (and Other Poems by Cats)

By Julia Williams

Sometimes “Meow” doesn’t quite get the point across. At least, that’s the premise behind I Could Pee On This (and Other Poems by Cats), a delightful book that I am totally in love with.

If we buy into the notion that cats can write – and why shouldn’t we? Scads of cat blogs and cat memoirs already exist, which suggests that felines have found a way around the whole “lack of opposable thumbs” thing – then it’s not such a stretch to believe that cats can also pen poetry. Not just any poetry, however; witty, wise, laugh-out-loud poems that claim to “reveal the true artistic and neurotic genius that every feline possesses.”

Indeed. I Could Pee On This does that and so much more. The 64 short poems delve into the reasons behind funny feline behaviors, explore hilarious eccentricities and even include some existential musings. All from the cat’s point of view, of course.

At approximately 5” x 6” and 112 pages, I Could Pee On This is a tiny little thing. Nevertheless, every page is a gem, each poem one that will elicit a knowing smile from every cat lover. Because clearly, these poems have captured the very essence of what makes felines so enticing to us.

Okay, so the poems weren’t really written by cats. (I know…shocking!) Does it matter? Not in the slightest, because they were written by a man who not only knows and understands cats but has a wonderfully quirky sense of humor. Francesco Marciuliano’s poems are complemented by adorable full color photos of cats and kittens. Now I ask you: what more could any cat lover want in a book about their favorite subject?

Marciuliano is the author of the world famous comic strip Sally Forth. He was also a head writer for the PBS series SeeMore’s Playhouse and one of his episodes won two Daytime Emmys in 2007. I Could Pee on This is his first book, but now there is also a companion book for dog lovers,  titled I Could Chew on This (And Other Poems By Dogs)

I Could Pee On This is divided into four sections: Family, Work, Play and Existence. With titles like “I Lick Your Nose,” “Elegy for a Toy I Broke,” “Nine Lives” and “Tiny Boxes,” the book explores every wacky aspect of a cat’s life. If you have a cat lover on your Christmas list, this book would make a great gift.

Here’s one of my favorite poems in the book:

MEOW

Meow

Meow meow meow

Meow meow

Meow meow MEOW!

Well?

Why aren’t you laughing?

Sigh

I must have told the joke wrong.

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