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Diamond Life: Baseball Sights, Sounds, and…

Diamond Life: Baseball Sights, Sounds, and Swings

by Charles Smith

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Shows some frustration with life, and some joys. We can take the idea and show how sometimes life is fun and carefree while at other times it is difficult and challenging.
  Stockel | Nov 26, 2012 |
This is a great poetry book on baseball. The book has various poems throughout the book, all centering around youth baseball. Some of the poems are really funny, especially if one is familiar with the game of baseball. For example, the Waiting Game on page 20 discusses the waiting and standing around that inevitably occurs throughout the game of baseball. Excuses, Excuses on page 31 was funny as well. If there is ever a game on this planet full of excuses, it is baseball. The poem talks about how the player failed to catch a pop fly because of the sun. Some of the excuses are funny, such as, "The catcher smells so bad that he made my strike out". I have never heard that one before, but it is certainly worth of a chuckle. Overall, I really enjoyed this book because the poems captured to the lighter side of baseball.
  chris.coelho | Nov 21, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0439431808, Hardcover)

Acclaimed poet and photographer, Charles R. Smith, Jr., brings America's favorite pastime to life in this bright, energetic ode to the game of baseball.

Sliding into first. Striking out. Hitting a home run. Playing baseball can be thrilling, heartbreaking, and always, quintessentially, American. In this celebration of the game, Charles Smith's luminous, artful photographs and rhythmic, free-flowing text create an unforgettable portrait of all the joys, frustrations, and surprises of life lived on the baseball diamond. A mix of rhyming verse and lyrical prose bring to life the myriad emotions of young baseball players, and colorful photographs of batters, balls, and, of course, diamonds, capture the essence of our nation's beloved pastime.

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In this poetic and photographic celebration of baseball, Charles R. Smith Jr.'s clever wordplay and vibrant images capture the many facets of life lived on the diamond.

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