Spring 1990 • Vol. XII No. 2 April 1, 1990 |

‘Imp Your, Dahlink?’

Many of us know these kreatures well: The mouse hates the kat; the kat is the mouse's nemesis. Every day, zealous, the mouse hurls a missile from Kolin Kelly's brickyard at the kat's noggin. Ah, but the kat sees this daily bonking as a faithfulness, an adobe token of love. And the dog . . . is an officer of the law, who loves the kat, and is determined to foil the onslaught of bricks and to jail its perpetrating mouse—while the object of his protection, Krazy himself (or herself; the gender is never made clear in 34 years) wants nothing more than to be left unprotected from hurling after hurling from his (let's say "his") "L'il Ainjil." This is the template of anthropomorfolk and their chemistry (maybe "kemistry") created almost offhandedly on July 26 of 1910, when Krazy Kat and Ignatz Mouse appeared, unnamed, in prototype form, as doodley annotations to George Herriman's comic strip The Dingbat Family. By 1913, Krazy Kat was an independent daily strip. On April 23, 1916,

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Albert Goldbarth has been publishing collections of poetry for over four decades, two of which two have received the National Book Critics Circle Award. His latest, Selfish, was published by Graywolf Press in May 2015. He tests his patience by living in Wichita, Kansas.

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Many of us know these kreatures well: The mouse hates the kat; the kat is the mouse's nemesis. Every day, zealous, the mouse hurls a missile from Kolin Kelly's brickyard […]

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