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    Poetry in Motion: English and Sports

    He waltzes into the lane ’cross the free-throw line, fakes a drive, pivots, floats from the asphalt turf in an arc of black light, and sinks two into the chains. ~Michael S. Harper, from the poem “Making Jump Shots” in Images of Kin (U of Illinois Press, 1977) __________________________________ In the summer of 2013, the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin displayed a popular exhibit called Literature and Sport. The exhibit write-up reminds us of the long-standing relationship between the two realms: Sport holds a sacred place in western culture and literature. Writers as diverse as Ernest Hemingway, Willa Cather, Norman Mailer, Don DeLillo, Tom Stoppard,…

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    Learning to See: Writing as a Spiritual Discipline

    by Cara Strickland (’10) I started writing because of how other people’s writing made me feel. I could dip into a book, a poem, an article, and come in contact with another person right there on the page. Sometimes, it was messy, or sad, or overwhelmingly lovely (often—with good writing—all three). It may seem ironic, then, though not surprising, that I found myself trying on an assortment of masks to use in my writing. I wrote fiction right on the surface, using luminous words and shy little smiles. My readers, many of them in my writing classes at Taylor, would describe my writing as cute or sweet. Strangely enough, this…