The Book, Cat, & Cat Book Lovers Almanac

of historical trivia regarding books, cats, and other animals. Actually this blog has evolved so that it is described better as a blog about cats in history and culture. And we take as a theme the advice of Aldous Huxley: If you want to be a writer, get some cats. Don't forget to see the archived articles linked at the bottom of the page.

October 14, 2010

Oct. 14, 1949

That beacon of sane feminism, Katha Pollitt, was born on October 14, 1949. I am quoting the initial lines of her poem, "Two Cats", assuming this falls under the fair use clause regarding copying. Her sensible approach to the world may have derived, (one wonders) from her observations of cats, as in:

It's better to be a cat than to be a human.
Not because of their much-noted grace and beauty—
their beauty wins them no added pleasure, grace is
only a cat's way

of getting without fuss from one place to another—
but because they see things as they are. Cats never mistake a
saucer of milk for a declaration of passion

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