From the first thrill of youthful spring fever ("baseball cards / spread out on the bed / April rain," from editor Cor van den Heuvel) to Raffael de Gruttola's meditation on eternity ("lost in the lights / the high fly ball that / never comes down"), this collection of more than 200 poems underscores the full contemplation of America's favorite pastime. Baseball Haiku features selections by Jack Kerouac, a longtime baseball fan who pioneered English-language haiku; Alan Pizzarelli, one of the best American haiku and senryu poets of the past 30 years; and Masaoka Shiki, one of the four great pillars of Japanese haiku, who was instrumental in popularizing baseball in Japan during the 1890s.
"Such feeling in such a small space. These haiku prove that in a secular culture, the stadium—from little league through the majors—may be the closest many Americans get to a house of worship."—Washington Post