Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Hockey Haiku Is Truly Poetry In Motion

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Hockey is more than just a bloody violent sport – it’s also poetry in motion.

That’s how authors John Poch and Chad Davidson see it.

They’re such big hockey fans that they have turned their love of the sport into a new book, Hockey Haiku (Thomas Dunne), which distills the essence of the game into poems like: Much depends on/ a Red Wing glazed with Duck blood/ after fisticuffs.

There’s also this lyrical haiku: Berserk hockey dads/ Have different agendas/ Coach has a shiner.

Davidson – who teaches poetry at the State University of West Georgia – admits the idea of turning hockey into haikus started out as an inside joke and says the sport does lend itself to poetry.

As he puts it, “Poetry is actually a barbaric, visceral use of language and is perfect for expressing the grace and brutality of hockey.”

Hockey Haiku skates into stores September 28 and the National Hockey League holds its season opener on October 4.

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