Motion: American Sports Poems

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Sports have long served as inspiration for poetry-the ancient Greeks wrote odes in praise of their athletes-so it is little surprise that in a culture as obsessed with athletes as our own sports would exert an influence on contemporary poets. Motion: American Sports Poems rescues sports from our society's focus on superstars, multimillion-dollar contracts, and gold medals to capture champions and losers, competitors and spectators in moments that are anything but fleeting.

As Noah Blaustein points out in his preface, among the many parallels made between sports and poetry is the idea of transcendence. Forged from the most basic elements of sport-energy, movement, and rhythm-the poems in this anthology reflect something universal: sport as metaphor, sport as struggle, sport as the battleground for mythic figures and local heroes.
The often celebrated sports-baseball, boxing, football, and basketball-are here along with unexpected pastimes like surfing, skateboarding, tennis, soccer, karate, rock climbing, bowling, and curling. Young and old, black and white, male and female, the poets in this anthology celebrate everyone who has come together in the shimmy and shake and sweat of sport.

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Noah Blaustein's poems have appeared in journals such as Orion and Pleiades. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts MFA program, he currently lives and teaches in Los Angeles.

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Pumping Iron (1) by Diane Ackerman
Event by Kim Theresa Addonizio
Late Round by Kim Theresa Addonizio
Narrative: Ali; A Poem In Twelve Rounds by Elizabeth Alexander
Penance by Sherman Alexie
Why We Play Basketball by Sherman Alexie
The Jogger On Riverside Drive, 5:00 A.m. by Agha Shahid Ali
To Satch by Samuel Allen
Locker Room Etiquette by Craig Arnold
A Dream Of The Ring: The Great Jack Johnson by George (1948-) Barlow
Called Up: Tinker To Evers To Chance by Dorothy Barresi
Lifting by Dorothy Barresi
Slow by Marvin Bell
What They Do To You In Distant Places by Marvin Hartley Bell
The Fish by Elizabeth Bishop
Water & Light by Noah Blaustein
Rodeo Tangent by Kendra Borgmann
Playing Basketball With The Viet Cong by Kevin Bowen
Dave At Sundown by Catherine Bowman
My Knicks Are Going To Beat Your Spurs.............. by Catherine Bowman
Fishing In Winter by Ralph Burns
Memory by Ralph Burns
Russ Joy Little League by Douglas Carlson
Capper Kaplinski At The North Side Cue Club by Hayden Carruth
The Catch by Raymond Carver
Moorer Denies Holyfield In Twelve by Olena Kalytiak Davis
Fishing The Dream by Michael Delp
For The Death Of Vince Lombardi by James Dickey
The Death Of The Race Car Driver by Norman Dubie
Competition by Stephen Elliott Dunn
Criminal by Stephen Elliott Dunn
Day And Night Handball by Stephen Elliott Dunn
Jack Johnson Does The Eagle Rock by Cornelius Robert Eady
Bullhead by John Engels
The Man Who Beat Hemingway by Martin Espada
Pole Vaulter (1) by David Allan Evans
Song Of Racquetball by David Allan Evans
Body And Soul by B. H. Fairchild
Old Men Playing Basketball by B. H. Fairchild
Baseball Canto by Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Class A, Salem, The Rookie League by Gary Fincke
Pitcher by Robert Francis
The Rock Climbers by Robert Francis
Two Wrestlers by Robert Francis
Custom by Carol Frost
To Kill A Deer by Carol Frost
The Knot Hole Gang by Brendan James Galvin
Running by Brendan James Galvin
Shadow-casting by James Galvin
4th Base by Gary Gildner
The Racer's Widow by Gary Gildner
Line Drive Caught By The Grace Of God by Linda Gregerson
Skateboard by Thomson William Gunn
The Eighth Inning by Donald Hall
The Fifth Inning by Donald Hall
Allegiance by Forrest Hamer
Archives; Cooperstown, N.y. by Michael S. Harper
Homage To The Brown Bomber by Michael S. Harper
Makin' Jump Shots by Michael S. Harper
Hitting Golfballs Off The Bluff by Jeffrey Harrison
Pool Is A Godless Sport by James Haug
The Diver by Robert Earl Hayden
To The Man Saying Come On Seis At Hollywood Park by David Hayward
Mantle by William Heyen
The Stadium by William Heyen
Tennis In The City by Frank Higgins
The Y by Brenda Lynn Hillman
I Try To Turn In My Jock by David Hilton
Fast Break by Edward Hirsch
How To Play Night Baseball by Jonathan Holden
A Poem For Ed Whitey Ford by Jonathan Holden
Baseball by Paul Hoover
From Altitude, The Diamonds by Richard Hugo
Letter To Mantsch From Havre by Richard Hugo
Missoula Softball Tournament by Richard Hugo
The Boxing Match by David Ignatow
Ground Swell by Mark Jarman
Say Goodbye To Big Daddy by Randall Jarrell
Basketball by Louis Jenkins
Football by Louis Jenkins
Angling, A Day by Galway Kinnell
On The Tennis Court At Night by Galway Kinnell
Horseback by Carolyn Kizer
Winter Ball by August Kleinzahler
Slam, Dunk, & Hook by Yusef Komunyakaa
Free Throw by Mark Kraushaar
400-meter Freestyle by Maxine W. Kumin
To Swim, To Believe (centre College, Danville, Kentucky) by Maxine W. Kumin
The Advantages Of Being A World-class Athlete by Anthony Lacavaro
Halftime by Adam Lefevre
The Right Cross by Philip Levine
At The House Of Ghosts by Adrian C. Louis
The Midnight Tennis Match by Thomas Lux
Cheap Seats, The Cincinnati Gardens, Professional Basketball, 1959 by William Matthews
Foul Shots: A Clinic by William Matthews
In Memory Of The Utah Stars by William Matthews
Good D by James Mckean
A Boy Juggling A Soccer Ball by Christopher Merrill
The Diver by Christopher Merrill
Baseball And Writing by Marianne Moore
When For Weeks The Sea Is Flat by Rick Noguchi
We Still Have Basketball, Sara by Lisa Olstein
Storm Surf by Greg Pape
Baseball by Linda Pastan
Morning Athletes by Marge Piercy
Karate by Stanley Plumly
Nothing But Bad News by Jennifer Richter
The Curlers At Dusk by David Roderick
The Pike by Theodore Roethke
Sunday Skaters by Mary Jo Salter
Hits And Runs by Carl Sandburg
Hook by Floyd Skloot
Blues For Benny Kid Paret by Dave Smith
Softball At Julia Tutwiler Prison by R. T. Smith
Chin Music by Alan Soldofsky
Black Hair by Gary Soto
My Grandfather's Cap by David St. John
Run Before Dawn by William Edgar Stafford
Schsssssssss by Martin Steingesser
Swinging On The First Pitch by Dabney Stuart
Lousy In Center Field by James Tate
Shadow Boxing by James Tate
Forty-one Seconds On A Sunday In June, In Salt Lake City, Utah by Quincy Troupe
Poem For My Father; For Quincy Trouppe, Sr. by Quincy Troupe
The Jump Shooter by Dennis Trudell
Pitching Coups by Ron Welburn
1. 1933 by Richard Wilbur
Running: 2. Patriot's Day by Richard Wilbur
Running: 3. Dodwells Road by Richard Wilbur
At The Ball Game by William Carlos Williams
Autumn Begins In Martins Ferry, Ohio by James Wright
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