Tom Clausen

Growing Late

by Tom Clausen

Growing Late  contains over seventy tanka that are from Tom's direct personal experiences. The title poem and the spirit of this collection reflects on the reality that our lives are perpetually moving forward. We have no chance to stand still or go back to who we once were or where we once were. That sense of constant change is a core variable that is at work on every person's emotional life. Growing Late is Tom Clausen's account of his own aging with details from the slipstream of his life.

Some tanka from Growing Late:

wind outside the mall
and as I wait
with my eyes closed
a killdeer calls
from another life
everywhere I see signs
of life and death
in the balance-
how good my feet feel
out of their shoes
I've fancied too many
paths my life could take
to have faith in any one path-
this warm small comfort
of having my very own chair

could be I'm tired
or lost, but to close my eyes
and nod off
while the world goes on
gives me a certain peace
out the car window
through a snow flurry
she studies the sun-
my wife warns her
not to look too close
From the back cover of 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 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, Editor, Red Lights
Ordering Information:
Growing Late, by Tom Clausen (2006)  edited by John Barlow  ( ISBN  1-903543-13-4)
80 pages, 5"x 7 3/4", perfect bound.
Available through Snapshot Press: 
U.S.  $14.00 plus S & H   
Canada  $17.00  UK f. 7.99
Tom Clausen

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