David Sofield was educated at Princeton and Stanford. His poems have appeared in Poetry, The New Yorker, The Yale Review, The New Criterion, The Southwest Review, and The New Republic. He teaches at Amherst College, where he is Samuel Williston Professor of English.
THIS WEEK’S ARCHIVE PICK
by Chloe Shaw
We admit that unofficial, national fill-in-the-blank days can sometimes feel contrived. (National Pizza with the Works Except Anchovies Day, anyone?) But National Hug Your Dog Day (April 10) is too good not to celebrate, especially if it means we can revisit one of our favorite essays: Chloe Shaw’s “What Is a Dog?” from our Spring 2018 issue. After losing a beloved hound named Booker—described as a “wolf meets horse meets dinosaur meets tongue”—Shaw confronts the joys and inevitable sorrows of loving a pet. “A dog is a second chance. A dog is death and life. A dog is plush red carpet and fresh warm pee.” A dog is worth celebrating, and not only on April 10.