Keeping Score: Sports Poems for Every Season

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Poetry. In KEEPING SCORE, Hamblin celebrates sport as both a participant and a spectator. The heat of competition, the camaraderie of the team, and the memories of games and athletes past, in both victory and defeat, are captured here. Keeping Score is, indeed, an offering of "God's plenty," poems ranging, in subject, from childhood baseball to pole vaulting. It is, without question, the most comprehensive collection of sports poems, by one author, on the market. And for anyone who cares about sport and poetry, Hamblin's words, like those of the early radio sportscasters he admired, are proclamations "from angelic messengers."--Don Johnson.

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Robert Hamblin was born in Jericho, Mississippi, in 1938. He holds undergraduate degrees from Northeast Mississippi Community College and Delta State University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Mississippi. A professor of English, as well as director of the Center for Faulkner Studies, at Southeast Missouri State University, in Cape Girardeau, he started his teaching career as a high school English teacher and baseball coach in Baltimore, Maryland. He has also taught and lectured in England, the Netherlands, China, and Japan. Hamblin serves as associate editor of The Cape Rock and was poetry editor for Aethlon: The Journal of Sport Literature from 1984 to 2005. His three previous books of poems are Perpendicular Rain (1986), From the Ground Up: Poems of One Southerner's Passage to Adulthood (1992), and Mind the Gap: Poems by an American in London (2004).

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Robert Hamblin's Keeping Score is, indeed, an offering of "God's plenty," poems ranging, in subject, from childhood baseball to pole vaulting. There is even one about pole vaulting. It is, without question, the most comprehensive collection of sports poems, by one author, on the market. And for anyone who cares about sport and poetry, Hamblin's words, like those of the early radio sportscasters he admired, are proclamations "from angelic messengers." --Don Johnson, editor of Hummers, Knucklers and Slow Curves

Good times, good times! In his third book of poetry, Robert Hamblin invites both superstars and starry-eyed fans of sports to take the field together. Hamblin's wordplay wizardry recreates the exhilaration of a close-score game, the inimitable sound when ball hits bat, the joy of a young athlete crafting new moves, and the sweet agony of a not-so-young athlete obeying that weekend-warrior impulse. These poems celebrate the highlights and humanity, the mighty and the miscreants, the Clementes and the calamities of sports -- our beloved global pastime-- and remind us via Hamblin's enviable gift for language that sports not only speak to us but through us. --Susan Swartwout, author of Freaks and Uncommon Ground, editor of Big Muddy

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