Growing Late

Tom Clausen

Growing Late

80 pages
198 mm x 129 mm / 7¾" x 5⅛"
ISBN 978-1-903543-13-9

Praise for Growing Late

‘Tom Clausen has taken the tanka form and given it his own voice. His poems are flags set at the boundaries of his person that guide the reader deeper into him or herself. Though his work is very personal, the honesty and validity of it applies his observations to all of us. He has courageously looked into his heart and found us all.’
—Jane Reichhold
Editor, Lynx

‘Tom Clausen is one of the most talented haiku poets in the West. Growing Late should make it plain that he is one of our most accomplished tanka poets as well.’
—Karma Tenzing Wangchuk

‘Tom Clausen has journeyed deep into the human mind and heart, the vagaries of which he brilliantly links to the cycles of the natural world. These are autumnal poems, filled with wistfulness and regret for time past. At the same time, however, Clausen finds comfort in the tiny wonders of daily life: a daddy-longlegs, bare feet, the scent of wood smoke, and his own chair. With deep modesty and generosity of spirit, he is “quietly recording” and “living all these / middle-aged days.”’
—Pamela Miller Ness
Founding Editor, Red Lights

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as useless
as this hard rain
on frozen ground—
these memories of all the people
I once was

so many chances
in a day
to say something to you
but here it is
growing late

my beer gone flat
but out of duty
I finish it—
living all these
middle-aged days


‘A highly recommended addition to your tanka collection. Poem after poem demonstrates the mastery of a highly skilled poet willing to engage the unsentimental realities of his existence.’