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The cat's whiskers : New Zealand writers on cats / edited by Peter Wells.

Contributor(s): Wells, Peter, 1950- | Wells, Peter | O'Sullivan, Vincent | Mansfield, Katherine, 1888-1923 | Else, Barbara.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Auckland, N.Z. : Vintage, 2005Description: 231 pages ; 21 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 1869417453 :.Subject(s): Cats -- Fiction | Cats -- Poetry | New Zealand essays -- 21st century | Short stories, New Zealand | New Zealand poetry -- 21st century | Cats in literatureGenre/Form: Short stories, New Zealand. | New Zealand poetry -- 21st century. | New Zealand essays -- 21st century.DDC classification: NZ820.803629752
Contents:
Introduction -- Poems: -- Kitten / Hone Tuwhare -- Blessing in disguise / Paula Green -- Familiar / Emma Neale -- Brute instinct / Emma Neale -- Fever / Emma Neale -- The cat on the mat and the man watching / Vincent O'Sullivan -- Cats I Have Known: -- Cats I have known / Peter Bland -- Letter extracts / Katherine Mansfield -- Monkey / Martin Edmond -- Alcatraz: marital property / Barbara Else -- Landing on their feet / Graeme Lay -- Poems: -- The cat of habit / Janet Frame -- A golden cat / Janet Frame -- Catsitting / Diane Brown and Philip Temple -- The cat climbs / Fiona Farrell -- Night poem / Jan Kemp -- Mastersinger / Bernard Brown -- Short Stories: -- The cat who became a poet / Margaret Mahy -- Waiting for Rongo / Vincent O'Sullivan -- Sale day / Frank Sargeson -- Q: So where do all the cicadas go? / Sarah Quigley -- My dear Gabrielle / Peter Wells -- Thinking of Bagheera / Owen Marshall -- The cinematic experience / Vivienne Plumb -- The couple who barbecue cats / Gary Langford -- Cat house / Stephanie Johnson -- Poems: -- Garden-lion / Ursula Bethell -- Crisis / Ursula Bethell -- Admonition / Ursula Bethell -- Lives and lives, the overlap cats / Janet Charman -- Cat / W. H. Oliver -- Morning delivery / Brian Turner -- Cats I Have Known: -- Extract from 'Love' / Jeffrey Masson -- Fred and Daisy and Jodi and Lola / Fiona Kidman -- The human miaow / Douglas Wright -- Cat as memoir / Beryl Fletcher -- Extract from 'Cats and Dogs' / Brian Turner -- On attending the death of a cat / Peter Wells -- Poems: -- A cat called Straus / Elizabeth Smither -- Listening to Handel with a cat / Elizabeth Smither -- Sleeping cat / Elizabeth Smither -- Straus after general anaesthesia, dental extraction and paw examination / Elizabeth Smither -- Sufficient pussy / Bernard Brown -- King canary, queen cat / Kevin Ireland -- Tomcat / James K. Baxter -- Cat/ullus / C. K. Stead.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

The cat has purred its way into the hearts of many a New Zealander, and into the pages of this country's writers. Katherine Mansfield, Janet Frame, James K. Baxter and Frank Sargeson all wrote about cats, and here many current writers - from Fiona Kidman to Sarah Quigley, Brian Turner to Kevin Ireland - celebrate their feline friends in articles, poetry and short stories. Peter Wells has collected an entertaining mix of this terrific writing, introducing us to such cats as the white Manx, Small, who 'saved' Shonagh Koea; Martin Edmond's stray loner, Monkey, with her 'quack hello'; Ursula Bethell's cat Michael, who is 'at once enemy/and the chief ornament of our garden'; and Owen Marshall's fictional Bagheera with his 'disconcerting smell of life and muscle'. Contributors: James K. Baxter, Ursula Bethell, Peter Bland, Bernard Brown, Diane Brown, Janet Charman, Martin Edmond, Barbara Else, Fiona Farrell, Beryl Fletcher, Janet Frame, Paula Green, Kevin Ireland, Stephanie Johnson, Jan Kemp, Shonagh Koea, Gary Langford, Graeme Lay, Margaret Mahy, Katherine Mansfield, Jeffrey Masson, Owen Marshall, Emma Neale, W. H.Oliver, Vincent O'Sullivan, Vivienne Plumb, Sarah Quigley, Frank Sargeson, Elizbeth Smither, C. K. Stead, Philip Temple, Brian Turner, Hone Tuwhare, Peter Wells, Douglas Wright.

Essays, poems and short stories.

Includes index.

Introduction -- Poems: -- Kitten / Hone Tuwhare -- Blessing in disguise / Paula Green -- Familiar / Emma Neale -- Brute instinct / Emma Neale -- Fever / Emma Neale -- The cat on the mat and the man watching / Vincent O'Sullivan -- Cats I Have Known: -- Cats I have known / Peter Bland -- Letter extracts / Katherine Mansfield -- Monkey / Martin Edmond -- Alcatraz: marital property / Barbara Else -- Landing on their feet / Graeme Lay -- Poems: -- The cat of habit / Janet Frame -- A golden cat / Janet Frame -- Catsitting / Diane Brown and Philip Temple -- The cat climbs / Fiona Farrell -- Night poem / Jan Kemp -- Mastersinger / Bernard Brown -- Short Stories: -- The cat who became a poet / Margaret Mahy -- Waiting for Rongo / Vincent O'Sullivan -- Sale day / Frank Sargeson -- Q: So where do all the cicadas go? / Sarah Quigley -- My dear Gabrielle / Peter Wells -- Thinking of Bagheera / Owen Marshall -- The cinematic experience / Vivienne Plumb -- The couple who barbecue cats / Gary Langford -- Cat house / Stephanie Johnson -- Poems: -- Garden-lion / Ursula Bethell -- Crisis / Ursula Bethell -- Admonition / Ursula Bethell -- Lives and lives, the overlap cats / Janet Charman -- Cat / W. H. Oliver -- Morning delivery / Brian Turner -- Cats I Have Known: -- Extract from 'Love' / Jeffrey Masson -- Fred and Daisy and Jodi and Lola / Fiona Kidman -- The human miaow / Douglas Wright -- Cat as memoir / Beryl Fletcher -- Extract from 'Cats and Dogs' / Brian Turner -- On attending the death of a cat / Peter Wells -- Poems: -- A cat called Straus / Elizabeth Smither -- Listening to Handel with a cat / Elizabeth Smither -- Sleeping cat / Elizabeth Smither -- Straus after general anaesthesia, dental extraction and paw examination / Elizabeth Smither -- Sufficient pussy / Bernard Brown -- King canary, queen cat / Kevin Ireland -- Tomcat / James K. Baxter -- Cat/ullus / C. K. Stead.

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