You Know How a Cat / Will Bring a mouse it has / caught and lay it at your / feet so each morning I /
bring you a poem that / I’ve written when I woke / up in the night as my tribute / to your beauty & /
a promise of my love. –James Laughlin
Across the ages, cats have provided their adopted humans with companionship, affection, mystery, and innumerable metaphors. Cats raise a mirror up to their beholders; cats endlessly captivate and hypnotise, frustrate and delight.
To poets, in particular, these enigmatic creatures are the most delightful and beguiling of muses, as they purr, prowl, hunt, play, meow, and nap, often oblivious to their so-called masters. Cat Poems offers a litter of odes to our beloved felines by some of the greatest poets of all time.