Headhunting and Other Sports Poems
Headhunting and Other Sports Poems, Philip Raisor's third collection, explores how sports enters our lives through front, back, and side doors, while we are asleep or dying, arguing, praying, or running hell-bent from memories that won't let go. Knee injuries end an athlete's career, a wife prefers the opera to a husband's hockey night, war and domestic violence haunt games played by sons, daughters, and fathers, Phil Mickelson and Wilt Chamberlain make cameo appearances, a life-long sports addict petitions for entrance to heaven. Raisor digs at the dark areas in sports experience to pry loose principles worth preserving, games worth celebrating. He honors American sport for its joy, pain, and what it says about us. [Amazon.com]
Turning Point Books
Brain trauma, Ethnographic poetry, Poetry, Sports, Sport injuries
Raisor, Philip, "Headhunting and Other Sports Poems" (2014). English Faculty Bookshelf. 40.