Darling, I Love You: Poems From the Hearts of Our Glorious Mutts (And All of Our Animal Friends) — By Daniel Ladinsky, Illustrated by Patrick McDonnell

“The perfect read for those seeking respite from the seemingly endless stream of unsettling events in the news these days . . . The pages . . . present a variety of insights about everyday pleasures and demonstrate the value of living in the moment and treating our companions with respect and affection. The text is accompanied by charming line drawings . . . which add to the energy, depth and warmth of the writing. Pet owners will chuckle knowingly about the way the speakers shift between simple observations and deeper statements . . . that remind us why humans need animals as much as they need us.”

— The Washington Post

“Charming . . . Ladinsky’s simple but poignant poems, accompanied by illustrations of the beloved MUTTS characters, invite readers to slow down and see the goodness and grace that are all around us—and to give thanks. . . . [An] insightful book and one that you’ll likely turn to again and again for its gentle humor and playful reminders of the things that truly matter."


“A really sweet book . . . Each time I crack open Darling, I Love You it makes me appreciate my little furry friends even more. I also find myself feeling better about life in general . . . I think that’s what poetry is all about.”

— 5 Minutes for Books

In Darling, I Love You!, Daniel Ladinsky and Patrick McDonnell have collaborated for the first time to create a delightful, universal collection of sweet, welcome-to-the-moment poems about the essential places animals and wonder hold in our lives and in our hearts, accompanied by line drawings of the illustrious MUTTS characters that readers have come to know and love.

Daniel Ladinsky is the internationally acclaimed poet and translator known for his inspired, contemporary versions of works of Hafiz, Rumi, St. Francis of Assisi, and poet-saints East and West. And Darling, I Love You! is the first book to feature selections from Ladinsky’s thousands of original, unique haiku. Patrick McDonnell is the venerated author, artist, and creator of the beloved MUTTS comic strip

Daniel Ladinsky’s books include The Gift, The Purity of Desire, A Year with Hafiz, I Heard God Laughing, and The Subject Tonight is Love, as well as a collection of translations of poems by twelve mystics and saints, Love Poems from God. 


Format: New, Paperback

Publisher: Penguin USA

Publication Date: January 1, 2017

ISBN: 9780143128267

Number of Pages: 128

Dimensions: 8.00 H x 0.50 D x 5.75 W inches

Rating: ★★★★1/2


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