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My Wife & Other Adventures: haibun of Bob Lucky


“Bob Lucky’s latest collection is a mondo memoir of tiny poetic narratives infused with his signature wit, wordplay, and philosophical musings; a handbook of 63 haibun that takes us meandering on a taste tour through the Near and Far East, entertaining as it enlightens. The poet also varies form and structure here (e.g., monoku, erasure, and a haibun with four paragraphs of one long sentence each, interwoven with four senryu). I’ve been enjoying Lucky’s marvelous writings for ten years now, and I look forward to another decade of his work.”
— Clare MacQueen


“In My Wife & Other Adventures, Bob Lucky brings us to the most unexpected places; a Chinese barbershop with an erhu playing barber who does a sideline in bags of rice, a seamstress shop in Portugal with ‘a steady business in stitch and bitch’ and the Italian city where James Joyce poses with tourists. A world tour that is both warm and witty, this is a delightful read.”
— Sean O’Connor

One of My Arguments with God

Walking downhill towards the ocean this morning, I admired a neighbor’s wisteria in full bloom, but it couldn’t erase the image of an old woman I saw earlier. She was holding on to the railing along a wall and shuffling in steps of no more than a couple inches. I had no idea where she was going, but I didn’t want to go there. At the bottom of the hill, I fell in behind a pilgrim on his way to Santiago de Compostela. I had no desire to trudge in his footsteps so passed him up, but fifteen minutes later he popped into the kebab shop where I’d stopped for lunch. He ate his döner kebab one bite at a time like everyone else and tossed bits of meat to a street dog. I bought him a coffee and we talked a while. Maybe God did get some things right, but he or she owes that old woman an apology.

afternoon buzz
deep in the wisteria
a hornet nest

The Plan “To do nothing at all is the most difficult thing in the world . . .” — Oscar Wilde I wake up lonely. It takes time to get used to being alone no matter how much you like it. I miss my wife. I miss our son. I miss my morning pingo and buttered toast in Portugal, although I’ve grown fond of brioche alla crema and un capo in b for breakfast. The plan for the day is to sit in cafes and concentrate on being distracted, sip a coffee here, sip a wine there. one last check for messages a cloudless sky I walk to the Jewish Museum but can’t get myself to ring the bell for admittance so grab the handrail and pull myself up San Giusto Hill. the karst in haze catching my breath I take a photo

ISBN: 978-1-958408-45-2
Pages: 112
Size: 6″ x 9″
Binding: perfect softbound
Year Published: 2024

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