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The New Haiku

Posted in Uncategorized by Flavor on February 9, 2014

I didn’t ask Kokonuts if I could write a thread highlighting his latest book but since the haiku’s aren’t even trickling in anymore from you guys, I decided to write a short review about “Rounding Third. Zen. Baseball. Poems.” and provide a link for you if you’re interested in reading it on a quiet, lazy day like today.

First of all, it wasn’t what I thought it was going to be. I knew it was going to be a collection of poems but when you throw “Zen” into the title of the book you’ve pretty much “glazed” me. After reading it, I don’t know whether it had anything to do with “Zen” or not. If “quietly enjoying a few moments in time” is Zen then it was Zen. The book is a collection of poems written about individual players. What is brilliant about the book is how he perfectly describes each player while simultaneously allowing you to go back in time and feel what it was like to be a fan of that player. I don’t think I explained that correctly but if you read the poems you’ll know what I mean. For instance, here is “Clemente” :

clemente

He writes one for many of baseball icons though I was hoping he would have written one for Tom Seaver (but didn’t) 😦 . He also writes about the 2012 Giants and of course I won’t spoil it for those of you who are planning on buying it later but here’s Zito’s that I especially enjoyed:

zito

The end is titled “Post Game Wrap” with “The Fan’s Lament” and “Coming Home” being two perfect poems to complete this enjoyable, short read.

If you like Pawlie’s writing you should click on this link:

http://tinyurl.com/lory57n

If you’re like me and don’t have a kindle, I did that “kindle cloud thingy”. If you have a kindle I’m assuming you’ll know how to download it. It’s .99 cents so unless you’ve got “99 problems” (Jay Z pop culture ref) the price should be right for you….

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  1. pawliekokonuts said, on February 9, 2014 at 11:17 am

    I am late in getting to this. No matter what I type, I am falling short in expressing my gratitude, Magnus. True thanks. And my wintered heart is May-warmed by your enjoyment of these baseball morsels.

  2. paulinasia said, on February 9, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Great stuff, Pawlie. Here’s all I got this raining morning:

    Skies here, filled with rain
    But soon, Arizona skies
    Will hum with baseballs

    • pawliekokonuts said, on February 9, 2014 at 11:30 am

      it’s a hit

  3. pawliekokonuts said, on February 9, 2014 at 11:29 am

    In unbaseball entertainment, last night I watched “Made In America,” the final episode of “The Sopranos.” I thought the ending of the ending was simply brilliant.

  4. Nipper said, on February 9, 2014 at 11:38 am

    I never watched the Sopranos or have a cell phone. Don’t have a Prius or one of those new electric cars. I am neither clever or brilliant. Damn……. I feel like a stink’in rotten loser! Sniff…..

  5. Alleykat said, on February 9, 2014 at 11:38 am

    Spring Training…
    Sun shines on diamond,
    Two birds on a citrus limb,
    Ball meets bat, a crack!

    • pawliekokonuts said, on February 9, 2014 at 11:41 am

      I esp. like the citrus.

  6. pawliekokonuts said, on February 9, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Ooops, I did it again. Today in Wegmans after church, I saw a man in his fifties with a NY (baseball) Giants cap and a NY Giants jacket. Had to talk. As I suspected, it was Sean Kirst, local columnist (with his son, Liam, and wife, Nora). Irish names for all. We may have met briefly here and there previously, but oh did we talk baseball, Giants baseball (mentioning The Flap). I told him he MUST go to AT&T Park for his 55th. I told him about me and Larry Baer, I told him about Flapalooza, I told him about my call to Don Taussig (Mays’s backup in 1958), and on and on. He wants to take a trip together to Cooperstown, stopping off in Truxton, home of John McGraw. I went to the car and retrieved copies of “World Serious” and “Tipp Hill Litanies.”

    Incidentally, Sean Kirst is a darned good author and true baseball enthusiast: http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&field-author=Sean%20Kirst&page=1&rh=n%3A283155%2Cp_27%3ASean%20Kirst

    • snarkk said, on February 9, 2014 at 10:58 pm

      Pawlie, if you’re still going to Mass these days, wouldya set up a few votive candles for Voggy?…

  7. Bozo said, on February 9, 2014 at 11:57 am

    Five days…

  8. Macdog said, on February 9, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Winter Olympics
    Midseason hockey and hoops
    Baseball, get here soon!

  9. Alleykat said, on February 9, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Old man unwraps gift,
    Two tickets to a ball game,
    A gray-hair kid smiles

  10. paulinasia said, on February 9, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    Basketball? Hockey?
    Russian Olympics, unseen.
    Only baseball reigns.

  11. paulinasia said, on February 9, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    Oh sorry, Mac, didn’t see yours, too similar 🙂

    • Macdog said, on February 9, 2014 at 2:40 pm

      Hey, great minds think alike.

  12. Alleykat said, on February 9, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    Ball glove hangs on hook,
    dust,cobwebs,creaking door
    A small hand reaches up.

    • Alleykat said, on February 9, 2014 at 2:12 pm

      WTF? Need to moderate a Hakiu?

    • twinfan1 said, on February 9, 2014 at 5:30 pm

      Ball glove hangs on hook,
      dust,cobwebs,creaking door
      A small hand reaches up.

      What a coincidence for two strangers to write exactly the same Haiku. I think I like mine better, though.

  13. snarkk said, on February 9, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    This kid’s got a lot of guts. It’ll be interesting to see what happens for him in the draft. Niners should draft him and assign Culliver as the Welcome Wagon vet…
    http://www.sfgate.com/sports/college/article/Reports-Missouri-All-American-says-he-is-gay-5219638.php#vf-6796600000220

    • Alleykat said, on February 10, 2014 at 8:12 am

      😱

  14. pawliekokonuts said, on February 10, 2014 at 8:18 am

    I was absent for much of yesterday (fine haikus, girls; I like reading ’em) for lack of domestic connectivity. (And I live alone hahahahha). I am supposed to get internet from Time Warner at home today. $20.98 a month! Probably a shade over dial-up.


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