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.

September 22, 2010

Sept. 22. 2009

Contemporary poet and critic Heather McHugh was nominated for a National Book Award for her 1994 volume "Hinge and Sign." Her work strives after the living flux behind words. Here is an excerpt about the difficulty of getting around the static of words:

The cat is killed
By the passionate petter
The poem by clappers
Who mob its best laid calms

On September 22, 2009, she was awarded a MacArthur genius grant.

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