David OatesDavid A. Oates

Born 1956 in New York, New York, USA
Residing in Athens, Georgia, USA

David Oates is the host and producer of Wordland on WUGA FM. His books are Night of the Potato (fiction and poetry), Shifting with My Sandwich Hand, Drunken Robins, and The Deer's Bandanna (the last three, haiku). He teaches haikai forms, especially haiku and senryu.

Website: http://davidoatesathensga.com
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the disembodied arm
around her shoulders
photo on the dating site

Prune Juice, Issue 15, March 2015,
and in my book The Deer's Bandanna, Brick Road Poetry Press, 2019

she talks about
the union and her husband
both gone

failed haiku Volume 3, Issue 34

newborn brother –
“take him back
he squeaks!”

failed haiku Vol. 2, Issue 19,
and in my book The Deer's Bandanna, Brick Road Poetry Press, 2019

prostate exam
“Didn’t we do this
last time?”

failed haiku, Vol. 1 Issue 12

nice to be a grownup –
making my own decision
about a nightlight

Ershik Special English Language Edition #2, May 2015,
and in my book The Deer's Bandanna, Brick Road Poetry Press, 2019

womb gone
she does art on the theme
  “scrambled eggs”

Write Like Issa by David Lanoue, 2017

scratched
in the sidewalk cement
“Laura was not heer.”

Prune Juice, issue 24, spring 2018

coffee-shop stranger
solves the world’s problems
badly dyed hair

bottle rockets, issue 33

three year old
says, “No!”
in his sleep

Prune Juice, Issue 27, March 2019,
and in my book The Deer's Bandanna, Brick Road Poetry Press, 2019

just after
the flick of your eyelashes
on my shoulder

Prune Juice, Issue 27, March 2019

before his funeral
his mother cuts his hair
the length she likes

failed haiku Volume 3, Issue 34

living in the comic strip,
awakening to a huge pen
hovering

Modern Haiku, Volume 43.3, Autumn 2012

Southern “Nutcracker”
backstage, whispered again and again
“’scuse me.”

--from my collection Drunken Robins, Brick Road Poetry Press, 2011