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Touching All the Bases: Poems from Baseball
     

Touching All the Bases: Poems from Baseball

by Tim Peeler
 

The catcher cradles

a quick leather signal

squatting on new spikes

waiting for the curve

to drop like a head

into his basket.

From odes to Josh Gibson and Curt Flood to poems about Denny McLain and the anonymous dancing usher at a minor league game, poet Tim Peeler celebrates the overlooked and the standout as he merges the topics of

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The catcher cradles

a quick leather signal

squatting on new spikes

waiting for the curve

to drop like a head

into his basket.

From odes to Josh Gibson and Curt Flood to poems about Denny McLain and the anonymous dancing usher at a minor league game, poet Tim Peeler celebrates the overlooked and the standout as he merges the topics of personal and baseball-related rediscovery. A bat is a lost artifact in "Adirondack," while "Writing Baseball Poems in Winter" and "Baseball Archaeologists" deal explicitly with recovery. Several other poems underscore the continued significance of baseball memories, as the poet reconsiders events and people from his adolescence, offering the reader a candid look at his family, coaches and friends, as well as the players he watched, read about or merely imagined.

Editorial Reviews

Public Library Quarterly
Peeler writes poetry like a curveball drops from the head toward the heart and beyond. Something special happened to me in reading his poems...Peeler drew me into a promising reflection that looked beyond itself to the next game
Nine
fans will welcome the array of stars from baseball past that run the bases of these poems

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786407057
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
11/01/1999
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
6.32(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.39(d)

Meet the Author

Tim Peeler is a lecturer in English, journal editor, essayist and poet. He is a winner of the Jim Harrison Award for his contributions to baseball poetry and lives in Hickory, North Carolina.

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