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The mission of Brick Road Poetry Press is to publish and promote poetry that entertains, amuses, edifies, and surprises a wide audience of appreciative readers.  We are not qualified to judge who deserves to be published, so we concentrate on publishing what we enjoy. Our preference is for poetry geared toward dramatizing the human experience in language rich with sensory image and metaphor, recognizing that poetry can be, at one and the same time, both familiar as the perspiration of daily labor and as outrageous as a carnival sideshow.

The Deer's Bandanna by David Oates


The Deer's Bandanna by David Oates


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Publication Date: March 15th A.D. 2019. Brick Road Poetry Press

The Deer’s Bandanna will be available everywhere else on April 5th, A.D. 2019.

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Paperback: 124 pages
Publisher: Brick Road Poetry Press
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-0-9979559-6-5
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
Shipping Weight: 7 ounces

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DAVID OATES senses the importance of ordinary things that others might miss in their rush through life: the glint of a nose diamond, sunscreen-flavored grapes, pink fuzz in a lint screen, the abundant drool of a first French kiss . . . .  The mood in this delightful collection ranges from tender nostalgia to pure hilarity.  Though each poem can be recited in a single breath (I recommend reading them aloud to enjoy their sound and impeccable timing), Oates manages to capture in them much of what it means to be alive and keenly aware on this planet that we share. 

 DAVID G. LANOUE, Former president of the Haiku Society of America


THE DEER’S BANDANNA is to be celebrated!  These poems are refreshingly far from pedestrian.  The reader encounters, page after page, poems with a seamless paradigm shift that brings him or her to an unexpected place.  Oates’ poems pull the reader in through enticing topics, moods, tones, and insight.  How welcome is this enjoyable and thought-provoking collection!

STANFORD M. FORRESTER, Editor of BOTTLE ROCKETS: A COLLECTION OF SHORT VERSE and past president of the Haiku Society of America


A bandanna (from Sanskrit “to tie”) is a large colorful kerchief for the head or neck.  Those colors travel through the poems, as maples in a gutter turn red, and a half-eaten apple lies by a massage parlor.  Color and movement culminate in an autumn sunset of a hundred latte drawings, and the mystery of the bandanna.  These savvy observations include both haiku and senryu verses, those poems “of the small”: those overlooked dust motes of detail we often bat aside in our daily lives. 

 ALAN SUMMERS, President, United Haiku and Tanka Society and co-founder, CALL OF THE PAGE