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May 22, 2007

baseball haiku party today in nyc

Filed under: Uncategorized — David Giacalone @ 1:29 pm

baseballDiamond  If you can hustle down to the National Arts Club by 8 PM tonight (May 22, 2007), you can participate in a Celebration of Haiku & Baseball with Billy Collins.  Here’s how the NAC Events Calendar describes tonight’s presentation:

Reading & Booksigning

Former poet laureate of the United States and bestselling author Billy Collins will read from and talk about his recent book of haiku, She Was Just Seventeen. Former president of the Haiku Society of America, Cor van den Heuvel, will then read and discuss haiku from his new book Baseball Haiku (co-edited with Nanae Tamura), and three of the featured poets in the book—Alan Pizzarelli, Ed Markowski, and Brenda Gannam—will read their baseball haiku

BaseballHaikuCover We’ve been sharing poems from Baseball Haiku (Cor van den Heuvel and Nanae Tamura, eds., W.W. Norton Press, April 1, 2007) over the past couple of months (see here, there, here).  f/k/a is proud to have so many of its Honored Guests featured in a volume of “The best haiku ever written about the game.”  We’re especially proud that over 20 of the 200 poems were penned by “our own” Ed Markowski.  dagosan and haikuEsq would love to be at NAC this evening to hear Ed read a selection of his poetry.   Here are a few:


April rain
my grandson practices
his infield chatter


late innings  infielderG 
the shortstop backpedals
into fireflies


bases loaded
the rookie pitcher
blows a bubble



spring training . . .
flamingoes graze
on the mansion lawn


winter reverie
the faint scent of bubblegum
on an old baseball card


 ……………………. by ed markowski 


NHDavidAtBat1953s larger: haiga, MagnaPoets, April 11, 2007

sacrifice fly —
on third

poem: David Giacalone
photo: Mama G. 

squinting to see him —
another generation
sent to right field

……….. by David Giacalone, Baseball HaikuRoadrunner Haiku Journal (V:4, Nov. 2005)

update (May 23, 2007): The newest edition of Simply Haiku (Vol. 5:2, Summer 2007) has a review of Baseball Haiku, by professor of English, and poet-editor Johnye Strickland.  The same issue features the baseball senryu of Cor van den Heuvel, with 7 poems from Baseball Haiku.

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