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This is poet and literary activist E. Ethelbert Miller's moment memoir. Coming after Fathering phrases, this unearths Miller returning to baseball to supply the size of his lifestyles. this can be one man's exam of private relationships, melancholy, love and loss.

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It was the last thing I said before going upstairs to dinner. I looked over my shoulder and saw a guy who had been hustled again. We suffer and pay too much when we lose close friends to suicide. It’s not the price of the ticket. It’s opening your hand and finding only a stub. Life is the art of hitting or pitching. You have to learn how to master one or the other. You’re either in control or trying to gain control. Who needed steroids more, Barry Bonds or Roger Clemens? Relief pitchers have short memories.

You’re not going to work. No one in your neighborhood is even out. Folks are sleeping through a storm. No cars. No bus. Just your own footprints leading back to your house. You retrace them and realize you’re going to have to come back out and clean the steps, the walkway, and in front of the building. You don’t want to do this. You hate the snow and the gray cold that returns every winter, but then didn’t you get up this morning and look at your wife? You listened to her snoring. The sound of something humming in the kitchen.

How difficult can it be when so many others are apologizing for murder, war, adultery, and slavery? What is the difference between a confession and an apology? What does a person confess after an error? A woman tells a man that marrying him was the worst mistake she ever made in her life. Is she confessing? Should he apologize? So, I’m writing this memoir while sitting in a studio at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA). I’ve written five, six, maybe seven pages on my first day. I feel good.

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