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The Base Stealer

One Message, Three Mediums: Compare and Contrast

Joel Agee

on 24 January 2014

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Transcript of The Base Stealer

Poised between going on and back, pulled
Both ways taut like a tight-rope walker,
Fingertips pointing to opposites,
Now bouncing tiptoe like a dropped ball,
Or a kid skipping rope, come on, come on!
Running a scattering of steps sidewise,
How he teeters, skitters, tingles, teases,
Taunts them, hovers like an ecstatic bird,
He’s only flirting, crowd him, crowd him,
Delicate, delicate, delicate, delicate—Now!
"The Base Stealer"
by Robert Francis
After moving to second on Anthony Gose's single, Vizquel stole third and scored when Kevin Youkilis failed to cover the bag, trotting home after Pierzynski's throw hit him and bounced into foul territory.
"Dunn hits 34th home run as
White Sox beat Blue Jays 9-5"
15 August 2012
Associated Press
Sports Reporting
captures emotion
describes thought process
makes connections
tells the facts
says who's who
easy for research
shows what happened
shows background of the whole game
easy to hear / visualize
Why Poetry?
why not just show me with a video?
why not just tell me what happened?
it's true:
reporting has its strengths
& video is powerful
Poetry takes the
ultimate human invention:
and makes it sing
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