Title Page, Copyright Page, Dedication

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pp. i-v

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

My Life

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p. 1

Part One

Martinis, filets and cigarettes, tea sandwiches

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p. 5

The living teetered at the edge of a cliff

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pp. 6-7

The Revolution

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pp. 8-9

Into the clearing of . . .

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pp. 10-11

Personal experiences are chains and balls

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pp. 12-13

The Occupation

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p. 14

Homage to George Herriman

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p. 15

Metamorphosis

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pp. 16-17

Part Two. The Mongrelogues: Two Acts

Dramatis Personae

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p. 21

Stray Dog

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p. 22

How Dogg Got Its Name

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p. 23

Interior Mongrelogue

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p. 24

Dogg House

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p. 25

Tuff Times

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p. 26

Hungree?

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p. 27

Dogg. Tired.

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p. 28

Dogg of Warr

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p. 29

Dogg’s Refusal

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p. 30

Mad Dogg

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p. 31

Abandoned Dogg

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p. 32

Hang Dogg

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p. 33

Who Iz Dogg?

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p. 35

Whut i Wood Like To Bee If i Wuzn’t Whut i Am

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pp. 36-37

Part Three

Dream In Which I Meet Myself

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p. 41

Dear Diary, here in New York City

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p. 42

Hello, Mallarmé

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pp. 43-44

I tried to flatter myself into extinction

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p. 45

While my mother lies in a hospital bed tethered to the

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p. 46

These days,

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pp. 47-48

Like that time in Paris

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pp. 49-50

told my student Kimber Lester

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pp. 51-52

April 18, the 21st Century

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pp. 53-55

Dedication

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p. 56

Dear Final Journey

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pp. 57-58

Notes

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pp. 59-60

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 61-62

The poems in this book were published in the following journals and periodicals, often in radically different versions and with different titles. I cite them here either by first lines or by title...