Line Drives 100 Contemporary Baseball Poems

ISBN-10: 0809324407

ISBN-13: 9780809324408

Edition: 2002

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“We wait for baseball all winter long,” Bill Littlefield wrote inBoston Magazinea decade ago, “or rather, we remember it and anticipate it at the same time. We re-create what we have known and we imagine what we are going to do next. Maybe that’s what poets do, too.” nbsp; Poetry and baseball are occasions for well-put passion and expressive pondering, and just as passionate attention transforms the prose of everyday life into poetry, it also transforms this game we write about, play, or watch. Editors Brooke Horvath and Tim Wiles unite their own passion for baseball and poetry in this collection,Line Drives: 100 Contemporary Baseball Poems,providing a forum for ninety-two poets. Line after line, like baseball itself game after game and season after season, these poems manage to make the old and the familiar new and surprising. The poems in these pages invite interrogation, and the reader—like the true baseball fan—must be willing to play the game, for these poems are fun, fresh, angry, nostalgic, meditative, and meant to be read aloud. They are keen on taking us deeply into baseball as sport and intent on offering countless metaphors for exploring history, religion, love, family, and self-identity. Each poem delivers images of pure beauty as the poets speak of murder and ghost runners and old ball gloves, of baseball as a tie that binds families—and indeed the nation—together, of the game as a stage upon which no-nonsense grit and skill are routinely displayed, and of the delight experienced in being one amid a mindlessly happy crowd. This book is true to the game’s long season and to the lives of those the game engages. nbsp;
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List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
Publication date: 3/29/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Editors' Acknowledgments
Editors' Introduction
The Origin and Purpose of Baseball
Spring Fever
Stealing Home
Spring Training
Little League Tryouts
The Catch
The Player
The Retarded Children Play Baseball
Asked for a Happy Memory of Her Father, She Remembers Wrigley Field
Sweet Spot
Something I Could Tell You about Love
To Fungo the Torn Ones
The Baseball Boys of 1964
It Ain't Over ...
Instant Out
Baseball Fields Seen from the Air
Cardinals in Spring
Stop Action
How to Hit a Home Run
Blyleven's Fourth Shutout, June, 1985
Black Ink
A Dream of Third Base
Ode to Apple Pie
A Softball Game
Listening to a Baseball Game
Crowd at the Stadium
In the Red Seats
Minor League Rainout, Iowa
Polish-American Night, Tiger Stadium
Biographical Note
Night Baseball, 1947
A Baseball Game
September Pears
The Gamer
Photo of a Minor League Baseball Team, ca. 1952
Where Baseball's the Only Game in Town
Baseball Cards
Geronimo at Short
Something about Certain Old Baseball Fields
Night Baseball in the American West
Is Reality One or Many?
Returning to the Field
The Big League
Visiting My Boyhood Friend after His Stroke
Isn't it pretty to think so?
Old Baseball Found under a Bush
Everything But Everything
Limited Power
True Story
Baseball Haiku
Dreams Should Not Dog Great Center Fielders
The Career of Lou Proctor
Question and Answer
World Series, 1968, Southeast Asia
Short History of a Baseball
Play by Play
My Father, on the Day He Died
Baseball in Ohio
Betting on the Muse
Telephone Call
Williams in Autumn
October Play
Night Baseball
My Last Hit
Dream of a Hanging Curve
America without Baseball
Tired of Loss and Sin
Winter at the Ball Field
World Series, Game 5
Softball Dreams
Voices of the Sea
Poem for My Father
If You Know Me at All
Final Play
Why I Love Baseball
Line Drive Caught by the Grace of God
Listening to the Ballgame
The Cure
A Dharma Talk by Johnny Roseboro, Boulder, Colorado, March 23, 1983
Carolina League Old Timers Game
Pearly Babe
Question: If You Had Only 24 Hours to Live, What Would You Do?
Shall I Compare Thee to a Triple Play?
Solid Single
Looking for the Baseball
Last Baseball Dream of the Season
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