Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Poets and Poems: Loren Broaddus and “Joe DiMaggio Moves Like Liquid Light”

Loren Broaddus writes poems about baseball, and life.

Stories, and poems, about baseball are often about something else entirely. Baseball, at least in America, is a filter, or a picture frame, for many things other than a sport – our ideas of who Americans are; what we think about our country; and why playing by the rules is so important, because rules reduce the playing field to skill and talent. Baseball is also a way we consider our childhood, those neighborhood sandlot baseball games, those baseball cards we collected or attached with clothespins to our bicycle wheels, the intense discussions that would go on about the World Series.

Joe DiMaggio Moves Like Liquid Light by Loren Broaddus is a collection of poems about baseball, but, like baseball, it’s about a lot more. Baseball is how we look backward at where we come from, how we remember significant events in our lives, how we hoard treasured memories, how we understand history, and how we understand ourselves.


To continue reading, please see my post today at Tweetspeak Poetry.

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