David Oates

Born 1956, New York City, New York, USA
Currently Athens, Georgia, USA

David Oates is the host and producer of Wordland radio show on WUGA and https://www.wuga.org. 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.


 

my dead father’s mail
an offer of a warranty
for his car

Frogpond 43.1 Winter 2020

she walks in the meadow
a quail flies up
two hearts race

Drunken Robins, Brick Road Poetry Press, 2011

chemotherapy
she practices drawing on
eyebrows

Drunken Robins, Brick Road Poetry Press, 2011

blank computer screen
reflects bare sycamore branches
against a blue sky

Drunken Robins, Brick Road Poetry Press, 2011

ballet recital
pink feathers float
from dancers molting

Drunken Robins, Brick Road Poetry Press, 2011

when the policeman
turns off his body camera
fallen leaves

Haikuniverse September 21, 2020

autumn wind
after my daughter leaves
a car that looks like hers

Modern Haiku, Vol, 49.1 Winter-Spring 2018

across the gate
of the dead dog’s pen
one spider strand

Wales Haiku Journal Winter 2019

shining in the sun
plastic bags woven in
an osprey’s nest

The Heron's Nest, Volume XVI, Number 2: June 2014

depression
birds checking
the empty feeder

Wales Haiku Journal, Winter 2021

she's gone
pink in the lint screen
for the last time

mayfly summer 2013
failed haiku 7-2020, issue #55
The Deer's Bandanna, Brick Road Poetry Press, 2019

yard by a busy street
all day, the dog chases cars
from behind the fence

The Deer's Bandanna, Brick Road Poetry Press, 2019

blue lights in the side mirror
a spider strand shifts and shines
over the glass

The Deer's Bandanna, Brick Road Poetry Press, 2019

in the doorway
at tap-dancing class
mother tries a step

Shifting with My Sandwich Hand, Monkey Books, 1999

small Christmas trees
on some plots
country graveyard

Mainichi Shimbun Annual Selection of Haiku 2018

on the white car
white dogwood petals
faintly yellow

Tuscaloosa Cherry Blossom Festival, Honorable Mention, 2017

first love
the sun strikes
a dusting of snow

harusamehaiku.org

summer woods
a young marine
hunts butterflies

World Haiku Review, June 2016 issue
chosen as a "haiku of merit" in the shintai category