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Dingers: Contemporary Baseball Writing, ed. by David McGimpsey
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Baseball and literature, both “high” and “low” have long sat side-by-side in the dugout. The Great Writer, Papa Hemingway watches the game and yearns to hit one more novelistic homerun, while the inarticulate player characterizes a sharp piece of fielding as “pure poetry.” In Dingers, essayists, fiction writers, and poets describe baseball’s combinations and forms, seeking to plumb its meaning as a game and maybe metaphor for Life’s deeper truths. Teamed together to play literary ball are writers such as George Bowering, Robert Allen, Timothy Morris, Arjun Basu, Jason Camlot, Dave Bidini, etc. The epic game is dramatized in all its variety, from the major and minor leagues, down to Little Leagues, and pickup games in sandlots. Some cerebral wag high up in the bleachers once reflected baseball is more about losing than winning – a good batter only hits thirty per cent of the time and only one team wins The World Series. In this it bears a resemblance to fine writing, which may explain its extraordinary appeal to the ink-stained class. Happily for the reader, the songs and stories of some of the most verbally eloquent and talented of baseball wannabe’s can be found between these covers.
Dingers includes daring and often thrilling new writing from some of the 21st century’s best prose and poetry writers, such as: Robert Allen, George Bowering, Paul Beer, James Crosbie, Anastasia Jones, David Tabakow, Andy Brown, Ryan Arnold, Arjun Basu, Timothy Morris, Jason Camlot, Alessandro Porco, Mary Milgram, Ian McGillis, Nata Belza, Kevin Connolly, Taylor Brown-Evans, Matt Donovan, Dave Bidini, Greg Santos, and Steven Hayward.
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David McGimpsey is the author of five collections of poetry (Lardcake, Dogboy, Hamburger Valley, California, and Sitcom) and one collection of short stories (Certifiable). David has a PhD in English Literature and is the author of the critically-acclaimed and award-winning study Imagining Baseball: America’s Pastime and Popular Culture. He is a songwriter and performer – a member of the rock band Puggy Hammer and a local stand-up comedian. His travel writings frequently appear in The Globe and Mail and he writes the “Sandwich of the Month” column for EnRoute magazine. David McGimpsey currently lives in Montreal and teaches at Concordia University.
Dingers,ed. David McGimpsey, 166 pp., 5.5 x 8.5, Anthology, December, 2007
ISBN: 978-1-897190-15-9 (paper) . . . $18.95
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