tickets taken & purses checked; here we go. the stadium is packed with bloodied players, band nerds, wild mascots, and furious fans. and if you look beyond the lights, the towering goalposts, to the darkness looking back: tombstones, final girls, ghosts, and giants. even a dinosaur or two. there's more to this game than a helmet and ball, more players than those out on the field, more than just heartache in this world. there's humor and pride as well, closeness and desire, deep nostalgia and endless forward motion.
a bullpen of words & sports & poetry. featuring line drives, loneliness, lilacs, the devotion of fanhood, and that old standby: the mercy rule. curt flood makes an appearance. so does pittsburgh, velcro, poughkeepsie, little league, & love. lots of love.
a collection of poetry, fiction, and cnf from our inaugural rag-tag grand slam of underdogs, arrogant S.O.Bs, shredders and rodeo clowns—with guest appearances by the guy who bowled a perfect game on 9/11, anne carson, race horses, window textiles, the pennsylvania turnpike and others