Just days before Enforced Domestication Awareness Month begins, The Park’s publishing companies have revealed that domestic Canine poetry is our fastest growing literary genre.
“For years, it was the feral experience, in both prose and poetry,” says Kezban Aslan, manager of Kynikos Press, one of The Park’s largest publishing houses. “But over the past few years, we’ve seen interest in domestic Canine poetry grow substantially.”
Indeed, The Park is home to six Canine poets, all former domestic companions to Humans, whose work has been nominated for the poetry prize at June’s Chitter Radio Literary Awards (CRLA).
“That doesn’t surprise me at all,” says Clement Samuel Tervuren, 2013 CRLA winner in the humour category.
“The Park has a very large Canine population and, besides, you don’t need to be a Canine to relate to their work. It’s very accessible to all species…and very powerful.”
It may be that emotional power that has fuelled rising sales this year. Wyuna Winkle, proprietor of The Literary Apothecary, says she hasn’t been able to keep those volumes on her shelves.
“I don’t know if it’s the increased awareness or the fact that life has been getting harder. But either way, I would say that domestic Canine poetry is a hot commodity. If one of them wins the poetry prize, we’ll have to scramble to get enough stock to fill the orders,” she says.