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Book of the Week: The Sax Man's Case


Anthony J. Pupello was an active force on the haiku scene in the 1990s, and this volume, from Red Moon Press in 1998, contains much of his strongest work.

You can read the entire book in the THF Digital Library.

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

Valentine's Day— hothouse roses in full bloom
stop sign: the calypso man's insistent rhythm
Brooklyn Bridge— lull in the traffic brings wind sounds
hairdresser's tale with every curler, a new twist
simmering stew: my wife's old boyfriend comes to dinner
almost eighty— the droop of her cigarette ash about to fall
pre-op testing— the nurse's blouse unbuttoned
Soho gallery— in the sound-proof room, the Hokusai print
Chinatown tour the vegetable peddler fans the buses's fumes
old jazz man— a riff in sixteenth time up in smoke
emergency room the unseen phone rings and rings
crescent moon the bluesman bends the note again
music school the  mother's off key  slap
winter solstice how softly the computer crashes
before the reading: the poet's smoky breath into mine
old-age home the musician's cane keeps time
seaside breeze bringing the mist in with the morning paper

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  1. My favorite Pupello poems from this selection:

    ” Chinatown tour”, ” crescent”, and the ” hairdresser’s tale” senryu.

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