Archy and Mehitabel
The stories in this collection centre on Archy, a philosopher cockroach who types messages to the author in lowercase letters (he is unable to use the typewriter's shift key), and Mehitabel, a free-spirited alley-cat whose motto is 'toujours gai.' 'Archy and Mehitabel' contains free-verse poems on a variety of Archy's concerns, such as the transmigration of souls, social injustice, life in New York City, and death. Archy claims to have been a poet in another existence. Mehitabel claims to be a reincarnation of Cleopatra, but now her wild adventures result only in litters of kittens.