9 Lively Cat Tales and Other Pet Poems

By: Jeffry Glover
Publisher: Poems for Pleasure Press
Publication Date: September 2019
ISBN: 978-1948854009
Reviewed by: Anita Lock

Poet Jeffry Glover provides middle-school-grade to adult ailurophiles with entertaining quadruped anecdotes in 9 Lively Cat Tales and Other Pet Poems.

Jeffry Glover has a hankering for catchy rhymes and all things whimsical in 9 Lively Cat Tales and Other Pet Poems. The one-time school librarian and English teacher now turned poet, as well as the winner of a Robert Frost Foundation national poetry award, very cleverly designed his debut according to the mythical feline “nine lives” by dividing his eighty-one poems into nine sections.

Glover covers more feline territory than tuna and mice as he relays verse after verse of realistic to ridiculous rhymes. Meet a leopard who lives in the land of Katmandu, learn the dreaded tale of an Egyptian goddess cat, and a three-page ballad based on an

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18th-Century favorite. There are real pets, too, along with all the elements that make up a pampered cat’s life. While feline troubles abound in a couple of different sections, Glover makes sure to incorporate wild cats, such as the lynxes, lions, cheetahs, and a curious variety known as “a liger.” However, all is not lost to the cat realm as Glover closes with doggie and other pet tales.

A delightful lilting quality accompanies Glover’s mix of rhyming schemes that are set mainly to couplets, alternating rhymes, and ballads. Add to that, his ability to break up any chance of monotony by periodically completing sentences in following stanzas. While he admits to drawing inspiration from many sources, such as William Blake and Edward Lear, to name a few, this reviewer would like to add Ogden Nash to the list since Glover has a way of occasionally yet succinctly weaving in fabricated words as well as the element of surprise.

Quill says: An enjoyable read from end to end, 9 Lively Cat Tales and other Pet Poems opens readers to the fascinating world of felines.