Thursday, July 5, 2012

Poetry and Baseball

Major League Baseball's 2012 All-Star Game will be played in Kansas City this Tuesday, July 10. So, I decided to do a search of poetry and baseball. Would I find anything besides Casey at the Bat?
The answer is yes!

One poem I found of particular interest is  Baseball and Writing  by Marianne Moore. Although Ms. Moore moved East at a young age, she was born in St. Louis, the other Missouri city with a Major League Baseball team. She later lived in New York and became a Yankees fan. Many of the players she mentions in this poem were the first major leaguers I remember.

She speaks of both excitement and uncertainty in both baseball and writing. Think of all the things that can happen each time the pitcher releases the ball. Think of all the choices writers have when facing a blank page. The possibilities are endless.

Other links:

Baseball Almanac-Baseball Poetry

Baseball and Verse, from Tinkers to Evers to Big Papi

Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

John "Buck" O'Neil

Our Lost Jungle Poetic Form Challenge

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