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Jan 31, 2019 - The New York Times

In her pocket-size compilation “A Dog Runs Through It,” Linda Pastan pays loving tribute to the dogs who have accompanied her life and poetry over the years. It’s an utterly delightful book — from the nimble line illustrations to the pristine visuals of the poems themselves, doled out with equal parts rue, whimsy and wisdom. Consider the poem “I Am Learning to Abandon the World”: Although this quiet lyric is elegiac, it doesn’t mourn the inevitability of growing old so much as it a...