Category Archives: Francis (Robert)

The Poetics of Base Stealing

Robert Francis’s poem “The Base Stealer” helps us appreciate the exquisite tensions between the base runner and the pitcher.

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A Poetic Game of Throw and Catch

In his poem, Robert Francis compares the interaction between poet and reader to two boys playing throw and catch.

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Pitchers and Poets Avoid the Obvious

Sports Saturday Some of my favorite moments as a father came in watching my three sons play sports.  Justin, my oldest whom I am remembering this week, was a fine baseball pitcher and outfielder.  Two plays especially stand out for me: a diving catch he made as centerfielder in an all-star game when he was […]

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