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Various Authors 11:01 a.m., Dec. 10
Lee "Hacksaw" Hamilton, author of "Baseball is Back: A Poem by Hacksaw Hamilton"
From the judges' notes: "Brilliantly, Lee 'Hacksaw' Hamilton has written a poem explaining what baseball is about without ever mentioning what baseball is actually about: hitting a thrown ball with a stick and then running from one anchored sandbag to another. Instead, he says that it is about other things: personality on the field, teams, places, owners, managers, the past, numbers, and any number of other things. This kind of sly and slippery poetic allusion deserves and demands our recognition. Stylistically, his systematic ellipses force a kind of meditative rhythm on the part of the reader - a rhythm not unlike that of baseball itself. The wordplay, too, is notable. Go ahead, read 'rainouts and beanballs' out loud, and see if it doesn't make you smile."