If you love cats, and even if you hate poetry, this book will give you some good laughs. I Could Pee On This: and Other Poems by Cats by Francesco Marciuliano was a best-seller in 2012 and contains poems written from the viewpoints of cats on various topics including home, work, and play. Some are accompanied by illustrations. I was lucky to download this book in a recorded format where the reader described the pictures. I think they greatly accent the poems.
In the title poem, a cat muses on all the inappropriate places where he could relieve himself: on his owner’s sweater, her computer, her boyfriend, her lap. It reminded me of Wanda, one of the cats we had when I was growing up. She loved to pee in Dad’s shoes and on the couch where he liked to sit. The feeling was mutual since Dad doesn’t like cats.
Francesco Marciuliano is the author of Sally Forth, a widely syndicated comic strip. He writes and draws a satiric Web comic, Medium Large. If you have some vision, you might appreciate this site. I got a good laugh out of the pictures of cats and stuffed animals in his latest post.
He also writes for the PBS television series, Seemore’s Playhouse for which he won two regional daytime television awards in 2007. He participates in online discussions of Sally Forth and other comic strips. From 2007-2009, he was a featured panelist at Comicon New York at the JacobJavitsCenter in Manhattan. He is a contributing writer to The Onion News Network. He lives in New York City.
I Could Pee on This: and Other Poems by Cats is available from many online retailers. You’ll find links to where it can be ordered from some of these sources here. It can also be downloaded in a specialized recorded format from the National Library Service’s Braille and audio download site. Try reading this book to your cats. I think they’ll be able to relate to the poems here. I definitely give this book a wholehearted “Meow.”