This Sporting Life: Contemporary American Poems about Sports and Games

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This lively collection offers up the work of seventy-six of America's best poets and their contemplations on sports - from board games to bronc riding, baseball to boxing - and on the sport of life. The nine sections of the book cover such topics as Life Is Water (swimming, boating, diving); Climbing the Air (rock climbing, parallel bars, pole vault, high jump, bronc riding, parachuting); On Incandescent Feet (running, jogging, skating, skiing); Playing the Game (marbles, yo-yo, scrabble, Chinese checkers, ...
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Overview

This lively collection offers up the work of seventy-six of America's best poets and their contemplations on sports - from board games to bronc riding, baseball to boxing - and on the sport of life. The nine sections of the book cover such topics as Life Is Water (swimming, boating, diving); Climbing the Air (rock climbing, parallel bars, pole vault, high jump, bronc riding, parachuting); On Incandescent Feet (running, jogging, skating, skiing); Playing the Game (marbles, yo-yo, scrabble, Chinese checkers, solitaire, jump rope, darts, chess); and This Sporting Life (sport as metaphor for life). Entwined throughout the various themes is the universal idea that life is the ultimate sport in the testing of our bodies and in the celebration of the body's language.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781571314048
  • Publisher: Milkweed Editions
  • Publication date: 8/28/1998
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

400-Meter Free Style 16
Snorkeling in the Caribbean 18
Swimmer 19
To Swim, To Believe 20
The Reunion: Swimming 21
In the Ocean 22
Excerpts from "Sixty-Four Caprices for a Long-Distance Swimmer: Notes on Swimming 100 Miles" 24
Handicapped Children Swimming 27
Deliverance 30
Sailing 31
On Weathering Gales 32
Into the Wind 33
The Juggler 36
Lines 37
Parallel Bars 38
From the XXIII Summer Olympics, the Poet as Reporter 39
Pole Vaulter 40
High Jumper 41
Dear Mom 42
Divers 43
After a Game of Squash 46
Contest 47
The Midnight Tennis Match 48
Bad Sport 50
On the Tennis Court at Night 51
Prothalamion 53
Missoula Softball Tournament 56
The Base Stealer 57
Mystery Baseball 58
In My Meanest Daydream 60
Americans Playing Slow-Pitch Softball at an Airbase near Kunsan, South Korea 61
Pasttime 64
A Night Game in Menomonie Park 65
Couplet 66
Fly Ball 67
Basket Catch 69
The Extra Inning Ballgame 71
Letter to Mantsch from Havre 72
Mantle 73
First Love 74
Basketball Season Begins 75
Scoring 76
Fast Break 77
I Try to Turn in My Jock 79
The Jump Shooter 80
When I Got It Right 82
New World in the Morning 83
Touch Football 84
The Kicker's Last Steps 85
Watching Tackles in Slow Motion 86
scrut gets marty crowe for social studies 87
Autumn Begins in Martins Ferry, Ohio 89
To Bear Bryant, Somewhere on That Taller Tower 90
On the Tomb of Kalamachius, the Jogger 94
Death of the Track Star 95
Night Runner's Prayer 96
Out on the Course 97
A Jogging Injury 98
Skating after School 99
On Cedar Lake, 1957 100
Skating 101
Skier 102
The Skibomber 103
Hunting for Grouse 106
Jacklight 108
Merle Bascom's .22 109
Hunting Season 111
The Strange People 112
Still Hunting 113
Elk Camp 114
Fishing 116
Song of the Fisherman's Lover 118
Crying Uncle 119
Catch 121
Photograph of My Father in His Twenty-Second Year 122
Fishing the Dream 123
Two Wrestlers 127
Bus Depot Reunion 128
A Fighter Learns of Hands 129
Boxing Towards My Birth 130
Archery Instructor 134
Ulysses 135
Necessity is the Mother of the "Bullet" 136
The Bull Rider's Advice 137
Execution 138
First Practice 139
Players 142
Chinese Checkers 143
Little Girl Blue 144
After Reading The Great American Marble Book and Reflecting on Life's Lessons Learned at an Early Age in Glens Falls, N.Y. 145
Playing the Game 146
Playing Time 147
The Yo-yo King 148
Playing Solitaire 149
Argument One: The Lady Shews How She Is Forsaken for a Piece of Wood 150
A World War II Premium from Battle Creek 152
Louisville Feared in Mideast 156
The Announcer 157
Last Game 158
Spiel 159
Miss Summerfest 160
The Roan Hunter 162
My Boat 165
A Jockey 167
The Hockey Poem 168
Passage Rite 171
Sex Without Love 173
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