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Only Thunder: A Family Journey


David Oates’s new book offers us a journey through the momentous and minor events of life, centered largely around family. Reading it, we become family too.


The haiku community has long appreciated David Oates’s comedic side. In his new collection he more often plays the straight man, noting the events of family fortune with a much enjoined but still objective eye. The result is a journey most everyone will recognize to be part of their own. Includes a baker’s dozen full-color illustrations.

“In this collection David Oates takes us on a journey through the momentous and minor events of life. Centered largely around family, the poems vibrate with tenderness and a generous dose of humor. From the sound of a dolphin’s breath to perfectly ripe cantaloupe to a shed sequin, Oates captures what might otherwise go unnoticed, shines a spotlight on it, and shows us something essential about being human.”
— Lisa Gerlits

bachelors’ party
the guys are determined
the groom will drink

the baby’s neck
the smell of formula

winter night
when we touch
a spark

galaxy t-shirt
dandruff hides
among the stars

ISBN: 978-1-958408-23-0
Pages: 112
Size: 4.25″ x 6.5″
Binding: perfect softbound
Year Published: 2023

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