These poems, like the dogs they celebrate, and the poet herself, are variously touching, funny, outrageous, charming, mischievous, full of life, silly, insightful, and inspiring. The author, Jane Marla Robbins, is the best-selling author of Poems of the Laughing Buddha.
"I expected that reading some poems about dogs would be enjoyable. But I did not expect to laugh and cry the way I did. Each poem is a story, artfully crafted and keenly insightful. I love this book. Dog medicine for the soul."
- Harry Hart-Browne, actor, playwright, Special Delivery
"A free-spirited California dog lover celebrates the joyful, healing presence of canines.... A touching, poetic tribute to the irrepressible nature of man's best friend, and to a rapidly disappearing bohemian culture."
- Kirkus Review
“In these brightly lit and joy-filled poems, all inspired by a stone statue of the Laughing Buddha, Jane Marla Robbins practically dares the universe to bring her down, and it cannot do so. In poem after poem, laughter triumphs over whatever comes her way, and it is a literate, knowing laughter, a cosmic, Buddhist laughter that will make even the most jaded reader say with the poet, “Okay, I’m smiling now./Okay, I’ll have fun. With you./FUN!
--Gail Wronsky, poet, author of Blue Shadow Behind Everything Dazzling
Jane Marla Robbins is a National Endowment of the Arts Poetry Grant finalist. These poems, variously funny, inspiring, wise and moving, document her journey into greater and greater joy as she spends more and more time with her Laughing Buddha.
These poems, like the café it celebrates, and the people who hang out there, are variously funky, funny, serious, original, full of life, cozy, smart, silly, insightful, fantastical, spiritual, inspiring, well-crafted and celebratory.
“The poetry is playful and moving. It resonates with the earnest search for, and finding of love and nurturing.
The book is wonderful.”
- Megan Rice, author of Black Mountain College:
My Creation Myth and The Art of Mothering
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“Lucky Buddha to find a home in Jane Marla Robbins’ Topanga Canyon garden and have her take down his every wise word. Her poems will set you smiling, then laughing, then seeing, then smiling a deeper kind of smile. Step into her garden and make your day.'”
-- John Guare, playwright, House of Blue Leaves, Six Degrees of Separation
"Lively- cerebral-witty, yet filled with profound reflections, Robbins’ work reminds us that poetry can be both a celebration and an entertainment- not to mention food for thought."
-- Patricia Bosworth, Vanity Fair, contributing editor; author of Anything Your Little Heart Desires and An American Family Story
"Jim Conway, L.A. psychologist, says since working with
Jane, his (socialphobic’s)/client’s 'level of functioning
is about one thousand times better.'" Los Angeles Times
Gold Medal Axiom Business Book Award
"Cliffs Notes for life." L.A. Magazine
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For a real confidence boost." Bloomberg News