Autumn 2000


Joe Stanton



it is so hard so hard
ideally the play is tried with two outs
caught in the middle
and less than two strikes on the batter
between their hate and his fate
left-handers using full wind-ups
once begun he had to run
provide the best chance
for his life
you will need about four seconds
but he always said:
to cover the distance
"above all else
from leadoff to diving slide
I hate to lose"

Joseph Stanton's poems have appeared in Poetry, Poetry East, Harvard Review, and numerous other journals. His latest book, Imaginary Museum: Poems on Art, was published in 1999 by Time Being Books.
He teaches art history and American studies at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa.




send comments to

first electronic copyright 2000 poetrybay. 
all rights revert to authors

website comments to