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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.

Table of Contents

Foreward by John Edgar Wideman


Diane Ackerman, Pumping Iron

Kim Addonizio, Event

Kim Addonizio, Late Round

Elizabeth Alexander, Narrative: Ali

Sherman Alexie, Penance

Sherman Alexie, Why We Play Basketball

Agha Shahid Ali , The Jogger on Riverside Drive, 5:00 a.m.

Sam Allen, To Satch

Craig Arnold, Locker Room Etiquette

George Barlow, A Dream of the Ring: The Great Jack Johnson

Dorothy Barresi, Called Up: Tinker to Evers to Chance

Dorothy Barresi, Lifting

Marvin Bell, Slow

Marvin Bell, What They Do to You in Distant Places

Elizabeth Bishop, The Fish

Noah Blaustein, Water and Light

Kendra Borgmann, Rodeo Tangent

Kevin Bowen, Playing Basketball with the Viet Cong

Catherine Bowman, Dove at Sundown

Catherine Bowman, My Knicks Are Going to Beat Your Spurs—NBA Souvenir Bracelet 1999 for my Long Distance Love

Ralph Burns, Fishing in Winter

Ralph Burns, Memory

Douglas Carlson, Russ Joy Little League

Hayden Carruth, Capper Kaplinski at the North Side Cue Club

Raymond Carver, The Catch

Olena Kalytiak Davis, Moorer Denies Holyfield in Twelve

Mike Delp, Fishing the Dream

James Dickey, For the Death of Vince Lombardi

Norman Dubie, The Death of the Race Car Driver

Stephen Dunn, Competition

Stephen Dunn, Criminal

Stephen Dunn, Day and Night Handball

Cornelius Eady, Jack Johnson Does the Eagle Rock

John Engels, Bullhead

Martín Espada, The Man Who Beat Hemingway

David Allan Evans, Pole Vaulter

David Allan Evans, Song of Racquetball

B. H. Fairchild, Body and Soul

B. H. Fairchild, Old Men Playing Basketball

Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Baseball Canto

Gary Fincke, Class A, Salem, the Rookie League

Robert Francis, Pitcher

Robert Francis, The Rock Climbers

Robert Francis, Two Wrestlers

Carol Frost, Custom

Carol Frost, To Kill a Deer

Brendan Galvin, The Knot Hole Gang

Brendan Galvin, Running

James Galvin, Shadow-Casting

Gary Gildner, 4th Base

Louise Glück, The Racer’s Widow

Linda Gregerson, Line Drive Caught by the Grace of God

Thom Gun, Skateboard

Donald Hall, The Fifth Inning

Donald Hall, The Eighth Inning

Forrest Hamer, Allegiance

Michael S. Harper, Archives

Michael S. Harper, Homage to the Brown Bomber

Michael S. Harper, Makin’ Jump Shots

Jeffrey Harrison, Hitting Golfballs off the Bluff

James Haug, Pool Is a Godless Sport

Robery Hayden, The Diver

David Hayward, To the Man Saying “Come on Seis” at Hollywood Park

William Heyen, Mantle

William Heyen, The Stadium

Frank Higgins, Tennis in the City

Brenda Hillman, The Y

David Hilton, I Try to Turn in My Jock

Edward Hirsch, Fast Break

Jonathan Holden, How to Play Night Baseball

Jonathan Holden, A Poem of Ed “Whitey” Ford

Paul Hoover, Baseball

Richard Hugo, From Altitude, the Diamonds

Richard Hugo, Letter to Mantsch from Havre

Richard Hugo, Missoula Softball Tournament

David Ignatow, The Boxing Match

Product Details

Blaustein, Noah
Wideman, John Edgar
Foreword by:
Wideman, John Edgar
Wideman, John Edgar
Blaustein, Noah
Wideman, John Edgar
Blaustein, Noah
University of Iowa Press
Iowa City
American - General
Anthologies (multiple authors)
American poetry
Poetry -Anthologies
Edition Description:
Series Volume:
no. 9
Publication Date:
8.11x6.17x.69 in. .75 lbs.

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