Short Takes:Fast-Break Basketball Poetry: Fast-Break Poetry
by Charles R. Smith Jr.
Publication Date: Feb 01, 2001
List Price: $17.99
Format: Hardcover, 32 pages
Target Age Group: Picture Book
Imprint: Dutton Juvenile
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann
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In a basketball game, the mind flows. Later, memory serves up moments-short takes. Here are twelve poems delivered in short, quick lines that press and twist and streak their way downcourt toward their goal with practiced, impressive dexterity. The feeling is of the inner eye and ear, alert and awake, storing up memories. Competition is everywhere. Voices taunt, swagger, defend. Bodies dare and challenge. And yet, amid the heart-pounding action, the athletic stop-starts, come moments of quiet, even odd reflection-the sound of sneakers on a wood floor, for instance.
Small photographs capture suspended moments and pattern their way across colorful backgrounds in accompaniment to the energetic images of the poetry. Once again drawing on the rhythms of jazz and hip-hop, Charles Smith offers a fitting companion to his previous two books about The Game: Rimshots, an ALA Notable Book, and the highly praised Tall Tales.
• 3rd volume in an award-winning homage to street-court basketball