Cat Calling, by Ibn Khalawayh

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From a list of names for lions compiled in the tenth century by Ibn Khalawayh, an Arabic lexicographer. Names of the Lion will be published next month by Wave Books. Translated from the Arabic by David Larsen.

Whose Coat Is Yellow, Stained with Red

Whose Head and Neck Are Big for His Body

Whose Face Expresses Great Displeasure

Whose Eyes Are Bloodshot

Whose Speech Is Uncouth

Whose Gut Sloshes When He Walks

Whose Food Has Bones in It

Who Eats Until He’s Sick of Food

Who Looks for Trouble in the Night

Whose Foe Is Outraged in the Dust

Whose Prey Is Turned Inside Out

Who Disregards the Rights of Others

Who Hates Frustration

Who Doesn’t Care What Happens

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