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Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Geometry, Art--and Doc

I wrote this free verse poem on November 8, 1988.

Geometry, Art--and Doc

"It's simple, man.
First you bounce the sphere on the rectangle,
Then you arc it into the big ol' oval ring.
It's just like an equation:
            shoulders squared straight+
            eyes on oval+
            flick+
            follow= 2 points."

"No, man, it ain't no equation:
It's winner's out, the City Game, a dance where they keep score.
It's Johnny Cool and Pistol Pete and Bo Lamar and Clyde and World and Air Jordan.
It's one-on-one or two-on-two or five-on-five.
It's a glittering Pearl
And Doc operating on a grounded Bird.
It's a new net rippling 'swish!'
It's extemporaneous spontaneity,
The art of swift, strong and graceful movement."

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posted by David Friedman @ 3:59 PM

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At Tuesday, November 06, 2012 4:25:00 PM, Blogger Jordan Ikeda said...

Cool poem. Poetry is so subjective, but I love the play on words. Really nailed the feel and vibe of hoops. Especially in the late 80s.

 
At Tuesday, November 06, 2012 6:29:00 PM, Blogger David Friedman said...

Jordan:

Thank you.

 

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