Sports Page


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$15.00  $13.80
Lamar University Press
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.31 inches | 0.0 pounds
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About the Author

Ken Waldman has drawn on his 36 years as an Alaska resident to produce poems, stories, and fiddle tunes that combine into a performance uniquely his. Nineteen books consist of sixteen full-length poetry collections, a memoir, a creative writing manual, and a children's book. Nine CDs include over a hundred original compositions. Since 1995 he's toured full-time, appearing at a wide range of venues for a wide range of audiences, from the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, to the Dodge Poetry Festival, to the Woodford Folk Festival (Queensland, Australia), to leading concert series and colleges across North America.


"It's easy to get lost in Ken Waldman's Sports Page. There is joy here, poem after poem: the easy turn of a 6-4-3 double play, the hard drop of a backhand return. The breadth of his reach is startling. Baseball and basketball, tennis and golf, fishing, swimming and even chess all find their way into the poems gathered here. Waldman transports us from the field to the press box to our own personal spaces, where we battle invisible ghosts and unlikely dreams and, sometimes, we lose. Sports Page shows us again and again the deep beauty in struggle. These are poems with fight, poems with grit, poems with genuine and unmistakable grace."--Mark D. Baumgartner, Editor, Aethlon: The Journal of Sport Literature

"It's an old saying that sports doesn't build character, it reveals character. Ken Waldman's new Sports Page poems don't reveal character, they reveal America in all its complexities. This is a brilliant book, simple on the surface, but this talented poet digs deep below the artificial turf to unearth what it means to be alive today." -Rus Bradburd, author of All the Dreams We've Dreamed

"Poet Ken Waldman has the eye and the angle. His newest collection, Sports Page, is all live action: basketball, bowling, baseball, bullfighting. From football to fly fishing, golf to tennis, he keeps our sight on whatever is soaring, twirling, or sinking. Armchair athletes or accomplished iron men (and women), dive into these words and swim." -Marjorie Maddox, author of Rules of the Game: Baseball Poems and Transplant, Transport, Transubstantiation