Thursday, March 16, 2017

Poetry Friday March Madness

I wish I was more of a sports fan. During an event, I can be found reading or awkwardly chatting to someone absently "uh-huh-ing" while trying to watch the plays. I really DO enjoy the charge others get from cheering for their teams. March brings us Pi Day, Einstein's Birthday, Women's History Month and Basketball! 


Photo: Getty Images/Andy Lyons. Read the rest here: https://www.loc.gov/poetry/180/109.html?loclr=lsp1_rg0001


This week, I am enjoying sharing some Basketball poetry with friends. If they can cheer at TV screens.....I can find rhythm in bouncing words. That's my kind of ball. 


Nesbitt, Kenn. "Search Results Basketball - Kenn Nesbitt's Poetry4kids.com." Poetry4kids. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Mar. 2017. .


Bounce on over to Robyn Hood Black's blog, Life on the Deckle Edge for this week's Poetry Friday Round-Up.

Alexander, Kwame. HMH Books for Young Readers, 2014. Print.


READ THE REST HERE: http://www.bpj.org/poems/alexie_whitman.html



A nice list of Basketball Poetry can be found at The Poetry Foundation



Charles R. Smith has several basketball poetry books.  Click on the image below to hear audio of some poems.

http://charlesrsmithjr.com/media/audio/Hoop Kings Candlewick 2004 Hoop Queens Candlewick 2007



14 comments:

  1. Linda, thanks for the nice array of basketball poetry. I didn't realize that there are so many. Each one that you showcased are different in style. I am impartial but I do like Kwame's basketball rule. He was the keynote speaker at our literacy conference on Long Island last week.

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  2. Thanks for this Linda.If you'd asked me to name a poem about basketball I couldn't have, but I so enjoyed this mixture. I think Kenn Nesbitt's is my favourite because it made me laugh.

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  3. That first one, those marvelous verbs! And this "for the game he loved like his country". I watch the March Madness toward the end, Linda, but that's about it. What a beautiful roundup you've given us!

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  4. Woo hoo! Like you, I often read (or pay attention to anything but the plays on the court or field) through sporting events, but I love the bouncing rhythm of the words in these poems. Yes, even basketball can be poetic!

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  5. Basketball is just not a popular sport here at all - sometimes kids throw a ball around after school, but it's not really the primary sport of choice. We actually had a real NBA team in my city many years ago....but, it didn't catch on, and they moved South! I do love the way these poems explode myths about poetry as being elitist and snobby and only for "certain people" like scholars - poetry can be written about anything, by anyone, and enjoyed by everyone!

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  6. Wow, I've never seen this many basketball poems before. Must admit basketball is one sport I don't mind watching along with baseball and tennis. :) Thanks for this bit of March Madness!

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  7. Really nice presentation, Linda. I didn't realize there are so many poems about basketball, but why wouldn't there be with so many people loving the game? I've always liked the poem by Ken Nesbitt. I laugh every time I read it. It's something that would have happened in my "kid life."

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  8. I own the Crossover - but Kwame's poem was still a surprise. So beautiful. Sometimes in isolation like that, words carry more weight. And too, it has been a while since I read the book. I can see I need to read it again!

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  9. What a rich post, Linda! I love the basketball is like life comparisons. I think sports topic poems written by participants are great because the people involved in sports have a lot of love and passion--the same ingredients needed for a great poem.

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  10. Hi Linda, These are magnificent. They make my basketball-loving heart sing. I always leave my heart on the court. :-)

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  11. Thanks for these, Linda! I think some of my students may really enjoy them!

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  12. Thanks for your rich collection of basketball poems, Linda! I especially liked Ken Nesbitt's fast paced poem and Kwame Alexander's poem from the "Cross Over," which was a favorite read of mine. Ions ago, in another lifetime I was a basketball player and pretty good; perhaps I'll revisit these thoughts in a poem.

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  13. Not only for boys, of course, but sports poems do wonders for showing how poetry is not only dancing flowers and glowing moons (unless the glowing moon is a baseball approaching your bat). This is a great entryway for kids--you should consider setting it up directly for students to access!

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  14. What a fun, resourceful post, Linda! I'm not a diehard sports fan, but I do like the fast pace of basketball and these poetic tributes for sure. Thanks for sharing!

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