Poems about the experiences and feelings of young athletes involved in various sports.
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Grade 5-9 Thirty-seven short blank verse poems depict the experiences of young athletes in a variety of sports: the exhilarations ("You get your point; your score; your wish. Swish. /Sweet"), the disappointments ("Oh /please forgive this bitter moment of mine as my /face disappears into the mud of the one yard line"), the pains ("the doctor says I will be /fine. /I'll play again. /He says this as he /sits on his padded /leather chair that /can swivel 360 de /grees. /Oh /why can't knees?"). The power of the book lies in the fluidity of language, the intensity of feeling and the overall design. Although the poems can be read individually, the sense of flow from poem to poem gives unity and a special satisfaction to reading them. Gray and white impressionistic drawings accompany each poem and focus on a single athlete facing the challenge of his or her sport. Lillian Morrison's The Sidewalk Racer and Other Poems of Sports and Motion (Lothrop, 1977) also deals with this subject; however both of these fine books belong in school and public library collections. Judy Greenfield, Rye Free Reading Room, N.Y.
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Alone In The Nets
But Frozen Moments Can Unfreeze And I Can Stretch
Coach Says: Listen Sonny, You Are The Safety On This Team
Equal Curses On Two Long Lines Of Equally Short Ancestors
Even The Light Seems Dark
I Am The Best Second Base Person
I Move From Sport To Sport
My Knee Is Only Sprained
My Left Foot Is Always Near The Bag
My Short Story
My Team Without Me
Now: In This Frozen Moment On This Moving World
One Finger Along The Seam Of The Ball
Prohibited Acts: Attacking From The Rear. Kicking Tripping
Sometimes In Center Field On A Hot Summer Evening
There Is A Very Ugly
Though The Afternoon Was Freezing Cold
Two Out In The Bottom Of The Ninth
Watch Me On The Wing
We Have Our Moments
Wrestling The Beast
-- Table of Poems from Poem FinderŪ
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Book Description Trophy Pr, 1990. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0064460983
Book Description Trophy Pr, 1990. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110064460983
Book Description Trophy Pr. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0064460983 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW6.0021662
Book Description Trophy Pr, 1990. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 64460983