Contributors include Thomas Lynch, Alicia Ostriker, Maxine Kumin, Neil Astley, Andrea Cohen, Michael Heffernan, William Matthews, Richard Murphy, Kevin Simmonds, Sebastian Matthews, Stephen Dobyns, Theodore Deppe, Rita Ann Higgins, Matthew Sweeney, Pat Boran, Theo Dorgan, Paula Meehan, Pam Uschuk, Jim Rogers and Jordan Taylor.
"First love, enduring love; the witness, the stoic, the companion, the protector, the better part of us, the abiding presence, the warrior, the survivor, the guardian angel. Here is a big book of many poems, all inspired, devoted, motivated by a sacred bond that happens, the supreme privilege, that something far bigger than romance - a relationship with a dog. Dogs do sing; they also smile, socialise, engage and celebrate, mark a homecoming in proper style, even if it’s only the return from the local grocery store; they sigh, but most of all they understand, they grieve, they mourn, they empathise, they remember..."
Eileen Battersby, Arts Writer & Literary Correspondent, The Irish?Times
Jessie Lendennie's prose poem Daughter was first published in 1988, followed in 1990 by The Salmon Guide to Poetry Publishing and in 1992 by The Salmon Guide to Creative Writing in Ireland. Her poetry has been anthologised in Irish Poetry Now: Other Voices, Unveiling Treasures: The Attic Guide To The Published Works of Irish Women Literary Writers and The White Page/An Bhileog Bhan: Twentieth-Century Irish Women Poets, among others. She has conducted workshops and given readings all over Ireland and the United States for many years. She is the co-founder and Managing Director of Salmon Poetry. In 2008, she edited Salmon: A Journey in Poetry, 1981-2007, an anthology of Salmon Poetry. In 2009 she compiled and edited Poetry: Reading it, Writing it, Publishing it.