Shot Clocks: Poems and an Essay for the WNBA, Stephen Burt

Shot Clocks: Poems and an Essay for the WNBA

Stephen Burt

Publisher: Harry Tankoos Books
PubDate: 6/1/2006
ISBN: 9780967803180
Price: $10.00
Quantity Available: 33
Pages: 40
SKU #: G11D

Poetry. Literary Nonfiction. Fourteen poems and an essay from Burt take on, take in, and take up the teams and the games of the Women's National Basketball Assocation, or WNBA. The poems—some in rhyming forms, some in slippery new ones—encompass word games, in-jokes, on-court moves and countermoves, and serious speculation on the enduring subjects of lyric poetry: love, fame, competition, solitude, obscure heroism, nostalgia, anger, longing, blocked shots, and the value of a well-thrown entry pass. The essay (first published in The Believer) looks at the mindset of one committed fan along with the past andfuture of the still-growing league.


Stephen Burt is the author of two critical books on poetry as well as two poetry collections, including Parallel Play. His essays and reviews have appeared in the Believer, the Nation, and the New York Times Book Review. He is an Associate Professor of English at Harvard University.

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