Baseball, Hot Dogs, Apple Pie, and Poetry

Someday, all of America may identify itself with these four icons. For now, the conflation begins with the first and last items in the Bay Area and Scottsdale, Arizona, with a poetry collection about the San Francisco Giants’ 2010 World Series championship season, O, Gigantic Victory! by Steve Hermanos, a real-estate agent and recovering cancer patient.

We were afraid that all of the various factors, as laid out by the Tucson Citizen, would coalesce into a gooey wad of Hallmark hagiography. But Hermanos preserves the wryness and frustration of true fans over the age of twelve, commenting on pitcher Barry Zito’s making out like a bandit and on “These Shrunken Men” of the post-steroids era. The work ultimately shows promise and is enough of an accessible hoot to give to Giants-loving non-poetry readers in your lives.

About poetsguide

A former altar boy and a former U.S. Army interrogator, respectively, John F. Buckley and Martin Ott were born and raised in Michigan, meeting each other at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor before separately migrating to California in the early 1990s to attend graduate schools, their friendship evolving into a writing collaboration – what they refer to as poetic volleyball. They both currently live in Southern California, John with his wife, Martin with his wife and two children. John teaches English composition at several local colleges, while Martin works as a marketing strategist for a global company. John still affects a strange piety; Martin still finds himself asking a lot of questions. Individually and together, their writing has appeared in over 150 periodicals and anthologies, garnering three Pushcart Prize nominations for Martin’s poems “India Ivy” and “When Bridges Fall” (available in his collection Children of Interrogation, which has been a finalist or semi-finalist in eighteen poetry prizes) and John’s “Poem for Christy’s Daughter” (available in his collection Kinks in the Hose). Martin has also optioned three screenplays. His chapbook Misery Loves was published on Red Dancefloor Press. John’s chapbook Breach Birth was published on Propaganda Press.
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