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How I Found Love Behind the Catcher's Mask: Poems

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One can watch many baseball games before seeing a triple play. With this book E. Ethelbert Miller completes his baseball trilogy. How I Found Love Behind the Catcher's Mask is a collection of poems that celebrates baseball by putting a spin on how the game brings meaning to one's life.

Well known Washington, D.C. poet, former Howard University professor, and literary activist, Ethelbert Miller is personal and political when writing from the batter's box or pitching mound. Here are poems that tip their caps to Joe DiMaggio, Ken Griffey Sr., and Emmett Ashford.

Miller's book does not duck from examining the Black Sox Scandal, the career of Glenn Burke or the tragedy of Carl Mays. Miller's own life at times is a playing field for sadness and what

Ellington called "mood indigo." But his love for baseball is a complete game and continues to reflect the hard heat of pleasure. After If God Invented Baseball and When Your Wife Has Tommy John Surgery and other Baseball Stories, this book, like a triple play, is a thing of beauty.

"Baseball should create a new position, poet laureate, and give it to E. Ethelbert Miller. In his third collection of baseball poems ('a double turning into a trilogy, ' as he writes), Miller weaves knuckleballs and pickoff throws with universal themes of family, race, relationships--and the issues of our time, like rioting and voting rights. With allusions to Monbouquette and Giacometti, Henderson and Danticat, How I Found Love Behind the Catcher's Mask will make you laugh, think and feel a whole new way about baseball and the world around it."--Tyler Kepner, national baseball columnist for the New York Times and author of the best-selling K: A History of Baseball In Ten Pitches

"Ethelbert Miller is one of the most significant and influential poets of our time." --Gwendolyn Brooks

ISBN-13: 9781947951587

Media Type: Paperback

Publisher: City Point Press

Publication Date: 09-13-2022

Pages: 80

Product Dimensions: 8.90h x 5.80w x 0.50d

E. Ethelbert Miller is a literary activist and author of two memoirs and several poetry collections. He hosts the WPFW morning radio show On the Margin with E. Ethelbert Miller and hosts and produces The Scholars on UDC-TV, which received a 2020 Telly Award. Most recently, he was given a grant from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities and a congressional award from Congressman Jamie Raskin in recognition of his literary activism. Miller's latest book is When Your Wife Has Tommy John Surgery and Other Baseball Stories.

Merrill Leffler is a poet, an editor, a science writer, and a former physicist and engineer. Raised in Brooklyn, New York, and High Point, North Carolina, he earned a BS at North Carolina State University and worked at NASA. He did graduate work in literature at University College Maryland and Oxford University.

He is the author of three books of poetry: Mark the Music (2012), Take Hold (1997), and Partly Pandemonium, Partly Love (1984). He cofounded and edited the literary magazine Dryad, which evolved into an independent press of the same name. He is also a cofounder of the DC-area literary nonprofit The Writer's Center.

Since 2011, Leffler has been poet laureate of Takoma Park, Maryland, where he lives with his wife, the poet Ann Slayton.