June 6, 2014

Basketball poetry

The Basket Counts
by Arnold Adoff
illustrated by Michael Weaver

Adoff's concrete poems mirror the movement, the feel and the sounds of the rhythmic game of basketball.

Slam Dunk
poems compiled by Lillian Morrison
illustrated by Bill James

An energetic collection of poems that pay tribute to the game and its players. 

excerpt from "The Man They Call Dr. J", by Pete Vecsey:

...The man soars,
hand outstretched like
a giant derrick, vacuums
the ball to his fingertips
drawing it safely to his 
chest in midair. Then in a
bewildering flash, he's
charging downcourt, shifting
gears, changing directions,
hustling past opponents, 
driving toward the basket.

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