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Book of the Week: piano practice


Tom Painting is not only one of our best poets, he is also one of our best teachers of haiku to children. This volume, which suggests some of his methodology (!), dates from 2004 and was published by bottle rockets press.

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All haiku in the Book of the Week Archive are selected by Tom Clausen, and are used with permission.

summit road once more the moon changes windows
dawn the oysterman rakes in the fog
a dry leaf scratches along the sidewalk All Souls' Day
his death added to her litany of complaints
solicitation the wildlife activist flashes her teeth
loose stone— the depth of the canyon
family feud the pallbearers take sides
winter hike the baby's breath warms my neck
my tongue explores a worn tooth the snowy hills
night out my wife and I discuss the kids
spring breakup my missing button in her sewing box
piano practice our scowling child plays Ode to Joy
my toddler helps pack her travel bag— co-custody
November yesterday's puddle brittle under my boot
heartwood the axe blade strikes a nail
beach walk the stick I tossed yesterday

This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. Garry Eaton:
    As a follow up to Alan’s question:

    Has Tom Painter allowed the full download of his chapbook yet?

    Piano Lesson?

    Jan Benson

  2. Tom Painting’s ” family feud” is a fine poem, and one that I remembered.
    ” summit road” and ” a dry leaf” are two more that I especially enjoy.

  3. Thanks Garry,

    I do keep checking, and there is an incredible array of books available. For someone like me who is serious about haiku research as well as the sheer pleasure of reading well-crafted haiku, it’s a wonderful resource.

    I am working on bringing my Australian collection to be available which is pre-2009.

    sundog haiku journal: an australian year, sunfast press (1997 reprinted 1998): California State Library – Main Catalog Call Number : HAIKU S852su 1997

    I’ll let you know! 🙂

    warmest regards,


  4. Alan, this title will probably show up in THF Digital Library in the future.
    BTW, have you submitted any of your publications to Jim Kacian for inclusion? Would look forward to seeing some. -THF Librarian

  5. Wonderful work, as always, from Tom Painting.

    Is this going to be an eBook download as well? I am content with the haiku given, just greedy for more of Tom’s work. 🙂

    warmest regards,


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