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The Financial Lives of the Poets - Chapter 25:The Last Time I Remember Crying, Haiku #4 Summary & Analysis

Jess Walter
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Summary

This chapter consists of only a haiku:

“I was an adult

When my parent got divorced

Or so I was told” (272)

Analysis

This haiku is a reflection of Matt’s parents marriage on his marriage. Obviously Matt’s marriage is in a precarious spot. Matt has acknowledge even though he was 26 when his father left his mom, their marriage was over long before that. This relates to his marriage and his sons may experience the same thing. Neither Matt nor Lisa are particularly actionable people, so Matt may stay with Lisa for years past the end of the marriage.

Discussion Question 1

Why include such a short poem/chapter at this point in the book?

Discussion Question 2

Why is the haiku format an appropriate form for what Matt is trying to convey?

Discussion Question 3

Discuss the significance of...

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