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City Point Press (Feb 13, 2018)
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Here are poems that celebrate and interpret the game by one of America’s finest poets. They are for everyone who has experienced the magic released when three holy things come together: bat, ball, and glove.
“Ethelbert Miller is one of the most significant and influential poets of our time.”Gwendolyn Brooks
If God Invented Baseball is a complete game of baseball poems, a full nine innings pitched by a “master twirler,” whose complete arsenal includes fastballs, curves and change-ups, and the occasional knuckler, to keep readers swinging for the fences, his full artistry on display.
Ethelbert Miller’s work captures the enjoyment of the game from childhood to old age. Baseball fans will place this book next to their scorecards, peanuts and beer. Poetry readers will equally be delighted.
If God Invented Baseball†is a book for the ballpark and the home.
“If William Blake could see the world in a grain of sand, then Ethelbert Miller can see the world in a baseball. This ebullient collection of baseball poems encompasses a dazzling array of human experience: childhood and aging, marriage and divorce, jazz and philosophy, segregation and liberation. There are the heroes Miller emulated on the ball fields of the South Bronx: Mantle, Mays, Clemente, Cepeda—but so much more we would never expect, like a first kiss commemorated by the trading of baseball gloves. Even Gandhi makes an appearance in the dugout, befitting a poem that makes the connection between bunting and non-violence. Funny, tender, wise and lyrical, these poems make the case that baseball was invented not by God or Abner Doubleday, but by a poet named Ethelbert Miller.”Martín Espada