If Not for the Cat

By Jack Prelutsky b. 1940 Jack Prelutsky
If not for the cat,
And the scarcity of cheese,
I could be content.

Text © 2004 Jack Prelutsky. Used by Permission of HarperCollins Publishers.

Source: If Not for the Cat (HarperCollins Publishers Inc, 2004)

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Poet Jack Prelutsky b. 1940

POET’S REGION U.S., Northwestern

Subjects Relationships, Pets, Activities, Eating & Drinking

Poetic Terms Haiku

 Jack  Prelutsky

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Jack Prelutsky is a creator of inventive poems for children and adults alike. He served as the Poetry Foundation’s Children’s Poet Laureate from 2006 to 2008. Prelutsky grew up in the Bronx, and when he was young he studied classical music; though he gave up pursuing a career as an opera singer to concentrate on writing, he continues to sing.

In a Scholastic.com interview, when asked where his ideas come from, Prelutsky said, . . .

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SUBJECT Relationships, Pets, Activities, Eating & Drinking

POET’S REGION U.S., Northwestern

Poetic Terms Haiku

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