Stats in the Air

I have chosen you to listen
To the inclinations, derivations of inclement
Weathering around the edges of what is
Known about the differences between

The settled and the set-up scheme.
I love baseball statistics, its categorizing
And rating of what may not even have been
Seen by the less than observant

Watching the hot dog wrappers blowing
On this late afternoon in a lop-sided loss
By the local team, looking at their scuffed
Cleats, thinking of future beers and not

Thinking about their batting average
Or the quiet of the hometown fans
As all analysis misses the learned move
To first that picks off the contemplative wanderer.

Published by William Cowan

I'm from the East Coast, have lived in SoCal and now Northern California for some years. I've been writing quite awhile, published in 1992 in a literary quarterly: "Suspicious Humanist," vol. 2, #2, (20 pages.) Best job: fm on air personality on a now defunct station, "Evening Eclectic" music show, and a weekly poetry reading show. I played jazz and free/improv I enjoyed. Read Wallace Stevens, John Ashbery, Kenneth Koch, etc. and commented on the poems. I have read once at a local coffee house. Love the Bay Area, wouldn't want to be anywhere else. I am going to appear in an east coast anthology of best new poets of 2010 by the end of the year, published in Pennsylvania. I'm reading once a month at a brewpub in Marin with a group of fellow poets. We read to each other our work, and personal favorite poems of authors we enjoy. It is a pleasure to share with a community of fellow enthusiasts.

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