Full Count: The Book of Mets Poetry [NOOK Book]

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Full Count: The Book of Mets Poetry takes us inside the mind of a diehard Mets fan, who uses poetry as the means to express his love, angst and suicidal delirium for America's favorite pastime...and particularly for his team, the New York Mets. From sheer panic to utter joy, this action-packed volume of hilarious, sad and poignant verse about fathers, sons, crushed beer cans and fed-up girlfriends grand-slams its way straight to the heart of anyone who understands what it's like...

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Overview

Full Count: The Book of Mets Poetry takes us inside the mind of a diehard Mets fan, who uses poetry as the means to express his love, angst and suicidal delirium for America's favorite pastime...and particularly for his team, the New York Mets. From sheer panic to utter joy, this action-packed volume of hilarious, sad and poignant verse about fathers, sons, crushed beer cans and fed-up girlfriends grand-slams its way straight to the heart of anyone who understands what it's like to be a true fan.

Internationally recognized poet and performer Frank Messina has appeared on SNY-TV, the station that broadcasts Mets games, in video montages that feature him reciting his poetry against the visual backdrop of glorious moments in Mets baseball. As a result, baseball fans refer to Messina as "The Mets Poet". His Mets-related poetry has seeped into the realm of pop culture, being the subject of debate and commentary in the pages of the New York Times, Sports Illustrated and on such programs as Jimmy Kimmel Live and CBS's The Early Show.

Messina has authored four books of poetry including the well-received Disorderly Conduct, and recorded over a hundred spoken word & music compositions including works from Walking Home (2007), The Long Road to Nowheresville (2004), Absorb (1999), Rage (1999) and Biting the Tongue (1998). Messina is a recipient of the Woolrich Poetry Award and Fellowship of Columbia University and was nominated for the 1995 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award.

A resident of New Jersey, he travels worldwide giving poetry readings and readily admits that much of his Mets poetry is driven by the passion of being a diehard fan of a team that repeatedly endures dramatic victory and defeat like no other team. An example:

Do you know what it’s like

 

To be chased by the Ghost of Failure

 

While staring through Victory’s door?

 

Of course you do, you’re a Mets fan!

"Frank Messina has become a classic..." (New York Times)

 

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“No one would question a poet writing about love for a woman, but when you’re a fan of a team, the emotional attachment is even stronger, because women come and go, but your team never changes.”—Joe Benigno, WFAN (Sports Radio 66), New York City

“He's the Poet Laureate of the Mets.”—Sports Illustrated

“Frank Messina has become a classic.”—The New York Times

“Charming and daunting…this is a wonderful book about baseball that transcends loyalty to a favorite team…Full Count: THE BOOK OF METS POETRY is a grand slam with two outs in the ninth inning for all the marbles."Robert M. Zoschke, PRO Magazine 
 

“An amazing collection of Mets poetry…This is no wannabee sportswriter trying to muscle his way into the press box by penning something that resembles a sports book. This is a “classic” poet, as the New York Times calls him, and he just happens to be an insane Mets fan….It’s a treasure chest of the written word…eminently accessible to any sports fan. It’s also a master work from a brilliant poet.”Mark Healey, Baseball Digest

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599217574
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press
  • Publication date: 4/14/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,254,248
  • File size: 361 KB

Meet the Author

Frank Messina

Frank Messina, “The Mets Poet,” has regularly appeared on SNY-TV, the station that broadcasts Mets games, in video montages that feature him reciting his poetry against the visual backdrop of glorious (and not so glorious) moments in Mets baseball. A New Jersey resident, he travels nationwide giving poetry readings (not all of his work deals with the Mets) and readily admits that much of his Mets poetry is driven by the passion of being a diehard fan of a team that repeatedly endures dramatic failure and victory like no other sports team.

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