The Snail by William Cowper
To grass, or leaf, or fruit, or wall
Leda and the Swan by W. B. Yeats
A sudden blow: the great wings beating still
Jubilate Agno, Fragment B, [For I will consider my Cat Jeoffry] by Christopher Smart
For I will consider my Cat Jeoffry.
The Paper Nautilus by Marianne Moore
For authorities whose hopes
Skunk Hour by Robert Lowell
Nautilus Island's hermit
The Tyger by William Blake
Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
The Moose by Elizabeth Bishop
From narrow provinces
The Armadillo by Elizabeth Bishop
This is the time of year
The Bear by Galway Kinnell
In late winter
The Crocodile by Lewis Carroll
How doth the little crocodile
Thing by Rae Armantrout
We love our cat
I Am! Said the Lamb [excerpt] by Theodore Roethke
I had a Donkey, that was all right,
Woodchucks by Maxine Kumin
Gassing the woodchucks didn't turn out right.
Darwin's Finches by Deborah Digges
My mother always called it a nest
The Parakeets by Alberto Blanco
They talk all day
Mole by Wyatt Prunty
For weeks he’s tunneled his intricate need
27,000 Miles by Albert Goldbarth
These two asleep . . . so indrawn and compact
Psalm by George Oppen
In the small beauty of the forest
from The Kitten and Falling Leaves by William Wordsworth
See the kitten on the wall, sporting with the leaves that fall
At the Zoo by William Makepeace Thackeray
First I saw the white bear, then I saw the black
Bats by Paisley Rekdal
unveil themselves in dark
Turn of a Year by Joan Houlihan
This is regret: or a ferret. Snuffling
The Return by Frances Richey
What do you say when you've forgotten
The Caterpillar by Robert Graves
Under this loop of honeysuckle
How Doth the Little Busy Bee by Isaac Watts
How doth the little busy bee
The Dusk of Horses by James Dickey
Right under their noses, the green
The Eagle by Lord Alfred Tennyson
He clasps the crag with crooked hands
The Windhover by Gerard Manley Hopkins
I caught this morning morning's minion, king-
A List of Praises by Anne Porter
Give praise With psalms that tell the trees to sing
Wild Gratitude by Edward Hirsch
Tonight when I knelt down next to our cat, Zooey
The Heavy Bear Who Goes With Me by Delmore Schwartz
The heavy bear who goes with me
Wilderness by Carl Sandburg
There is a wolf in me
Goldfish Are Ordinary by Stacie Cassarino
At the pet store on Court Street
Hawk by Daniel Waters
All eyes are fearful of the spotted hawk
The Fly by William Blake
Little fly
Ho Ho Ho Caribou by Joseph Ceravolo
Leaped at the caribou
The Lorca Variations (XXVIII)
"For Turtles"
by Jerome Rothenberg
Up there—or down here
Me and the Otters by Dorothea Lasky
Love makes you feel alive
Testy Pony by Zachary Schomburg
I am given a pony for my birthday
The Purple Cow by Gelett Burgess
I never saw a Purple Cow,
Nonsense Alphabet by Edward Lear
A was an ant
A Crocodile by Thomas Lovell Beddoes
Hard by the lilied Nile I saw
Orkney Interior by Ian Hamilton Finlay
Doing what the moon says, he shifts his chair
Grasshopper by Ron Padgett
It's funny when the mind thinks about the psyche
Eletelephony by Laura Elizabeth Richards
Once there was an elephant
Animals and Art by Ron Padgett
Maine Seafood Company by Matthew Dickman
The Future is an Animal by Tina Chang
In every kind of dream I am a black wolf
Gila by Rigoberto González
It's no curse
Quiet the Dog, Tether the Pony by Marilyn Chin
Gaze gaze beyond the vermilion door
To a Mouse, by Robert Burns
Wee, sleekit, cow'rin, tim'rous beastie
Epitaph to a Dog by George Gordon Byron
Near this Spot
Freedom in Ohio by Jennifer Chang
I want a future
Flamingo Dreams by William Saphier
A green and copper-backed frog
Prayer from a Mouse by Sarah Messer
Dimensionless One, can you hear me?
horse vision by Julian Talamantez Brolaski
clock reads 7 at all hours
From the Canal by Michael Dickman
Something breathes
Toad by Diane Seuss
The grief, when I finally contacted it
At Bay by Carl Phillips
Coral-bells purpled the fallen sycamore leaves, dead, the dead
The Barnacle and the Gray Whale by Cecilia Llompart
Said the Barnacle,
Journey aka OR7 by Gerard Malanga
What's his likeness amongst the north/south divide, amongst the
On Viewing the Skull and Bones of a Wolf by Alexander Posey
How savage, fierce and grim!
A Noiseless Patient Spider by Walt Whitman
A noiseless patient spider