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"Dear Lonely Animal" By Oni Buchanan

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BC: Works Cited | "Oni Buchanan." The Poetry Foundation. The Poetry Foundation, n.d. Web. 22 Mar 2012. "Oni Buchanan Biography." Oni Buchanan Pianist and Poet. Ariel Artists, 2005. Web. 22 Mar 2012. "Dear Lonely Animal." poets.org. Academy of American Poets, 2008. Web. 22 Mar 2012.

FC: Oni Buchanan

2: Oni Buchanan was born in Hershey, Pennsylvania in 1975 | She earned a BA at the University of Virginia, an MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and an MA in piano performance from the New England Conservatory of Music.

3: As a concert pianist, she has released several solo piano albums. She lives in Boston with her husband, poet Jon Woodward, and maintains a private teaching studio for piano.

4: Other Works | Buchanan’s poems have been included in the anthologies Best American Poetry (2004), Isn’t It Romantic: 100 Love Poems by Younger American Poets (2004), and Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century (2006)

5: Her poetry collections include What Animal (2003) and Spring (2008), which was chosen for the National Poetry Series.

7: Her third poetry book, Must a Violence, is forthcoming from Kuhl House Poets Series in September 2012, chosen by poet/editor Mark Levine. Her second book of poetry, Spring (University of Illinois Press, 2008), was selected by Mark Doty as a winner of the National Poetry Series, and also received the 2009 Massachusetts Book Award. Her first book, What Animal (UGA Press, 2003), was chosen by Fanny Howe as winner of the University of Georgia Press Contemporary Poetry Series competition.

8: "Dear Lonely Animal"

9: "I'm writing to you from the loneliest, most secluded island in the world. I mean, the farthest away place from anything else...." | By Oni Buchanan

10: Style | Conversational | Speaker: not Buchanan, someone on an island writing to a friend | Tone: secluded

11: "Well, I was going to tell you that this morning the bells rang and I followed them and at the source of the bells, there I found so many animals all gathered together in a room with carved wooden statues and wooden benches and low wooden slats for kneeling."

12: Cutest Pumpkin In The Patch | Personification | "And the animals were there singing together, all their voices singing, with big strong voices rising from even the filthiest animals."

14: Free Verse | Flow | Easy Going | Atmosphere

15: Form | Conversational

16: A Harvest of Memories | Metaphor

17: "All night the abandoned dogs howled. I wonder if one dog gives the first howl, and if they take turns who's first like carrying the flag in school. Carrying the flag way out in front and the others following along behind in two long lines, pairs holding hands."

18: "And then I think of all the money the drug companies spent to videotape their photogenic, well-groomed animals, and all the money they spent to buy a prime-time spot, and I think, what money buys the news, and what news creates the drugs, and what drugs control the animals, and I get so choked I can't sing anymore, Lonely Animal."

19: Theme

20: Isolation Loneliness because of drugs Importance of Nature

21: Connection

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