Cecelia Di Mino 8:38 p.m., March 31
San Diego Poetry Society announces its 2012 award for Best Local Poem
Lee "Hacksaw" Hamilton honored for "Baseball is Back: A Poem by Hacksaw Hamilton"
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."
More like this:
- Another musician loses gear in 5th Ave/HOB garage break-in — Dec. 19, 2012
- Manchester: "The New York Times thinks the U-T is awesome." — June 12, 2012
- Satire Saunters into the Reader! A word on Walter Mencken’s February 24 installment of “S.D. on the Q.T.” — March 11, 2010
- Moped Mishap Costs NBA Star Millions — Oct. 14, 2008
- Theodore Roethke: Selected Poems — April 21, 2005