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Fast Break to Line Break: Poets on the Art of Basketball Paperback – February 1, 2012

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Fast Break to Line Break is a vibrant reminder that we human beings take nothing quite so seriously as we do our games. What joy to hear these remarkable writers speak so passionately about a metal rim, an arcing ball, and the countless lessons learned on and off the court. Nothing but net, here.
—Dinty W. Moore, author of Between Panic & Desire

The resplendent prose skirmishing in Fast Break to Line Break wrests verse from the mitts of baseball’s ham-handed mutts and delivers poetry to another genre—basketball’s articulated fingertips where the spin is spun into the english on the English.
—Michael Martone, author of Four for a Quarter

About the Author

Todd Davis is the author of four books of poetry, most recently The Least of These, and his poems have appeared in such journals and magazines as Poetry Daily, North American Review, The Gettysburg Review, Shenandoah, Arts & Letters, and The Iowa Review.


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Todd Davis, winner of the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Prize, teaches creative writing, environmental studies, and American literature at Penn State University's Altoona College. He is the author of four books of poetry--In the Kingdom of the Ditch, The Least of These, Some Heaven, and Ripe--and editor of Fast Break to Line Break: Poets on the Art of Basketball and co-editor of Making Poems: 40 Poems with Commentary by the Poets. His poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and have appeared in such journals and magazines as The American Poetry Review, The North American Review, The Iowa Review, Indiana Review, The Gettysburg Review, West Branch, River Styx, Green Mountains Review, and Image. Davis's poetry has been featured by Garrison Keillor on The Writer's Almanac and by Ted Kooser in the syndicated newspaper column, American Life in Poetry. In addition to his creative work, Davis is author or co-editor of six scholarly books, including Kurt Vonnegut's Crusade, or How a Postmodern Harlequin Preached a New Kind of Humanism and Mapping the Ethical Turn: A Reader in Ethics, Culture, and Literary Theory.

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