Thats how authors John Poch and Chad Davidson see it.
Theyre 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.
Theres 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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