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.
author blog[text + audio]: interview by Christopher Lydon @ Radio Open Source
Stephen Burt is professor of English at Harvard and the author of several books of poetry and literary criticism, among them Belmont (Graywolf Press, 2013); The Art of the Sonnet, with David Mikics (Harvard University Press, 2010); Close Calls with Nonsense: Reading New Poetry (Graywolf Press, 2009), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; The Forms of Youth: 20th-Century Poetry and Adolescence (Columbia University Press, 2007); and Randall Jarrell and His Age (Columbia University Press, 2002), winner of the Warren- Brooks Award for Literary Criticism.Author City: CAMBRIDGE, MA USA