Each of the sixteen canine poets is introduced with a "bio" page that looks something like this one, for "Rover Frost", with terrific artwork done by Chet Phillips:
It's followed by two parody poems: a short version of "Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening" entitled "Sizing Up Shoes on a Soulful Evening", and a parody of Frost's "Rose" entitled "Nose". Here's that poem:
by Jessica Swaim, writing as Rover Frost
A nose is a nose,
And was always a nose.
And a dog licks his nose
When the nose overflows,
And the slicker it grows,
'Til it glistens and glows.
You can bet your sweet toes,
Nothing's nice as a nose,
Unless it's a tongue,
Or a tail, I suppose.
Here is Jessica Swaim reading the title poem aloud, while images from the book go by:
If you are a dog-loving poetry lover, or know one, this book might just be the thing you need in your (or their) stocking this year.
Here, as a bonus, is "Disillusionment" by Dorothy Barker (a terrier much like Dorothy Parker):
by Jessica Swaim, writing as Dorothy Barker
My health fell apart
When I met a Maltese.
I gave him my heart.
He gave me his fleas.