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By E. Ethelbert Miller

This is a moment memoir following Coming after Fathering phrases: The Making of an African American Writer. In this story, Miller is returning to baseball, the sport of his early life, so that it will locate the metaphor that may give you the dimension of his existence. virtually 60, he ponders no matter if his existence can now be entered into the reputable checklist books as a hit or failure; one man's exam of non-public relationships, melancholy, love and loss. this can be a tale of the person by myself at the pitching mound or within the batters field. it is a field rating choked with remembrance, and a mixture of baseball and the blues.

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Dark symbols, most of them, surrounding a glowing heart. Portent. When do you stop reading horoscopes or simply accept the cards handed to you? How many times can you avoid death? When do you stop thinking about it? I know I’m dying because so many of my friends are dying. It’s the definition of friends that I keep in a jar next to the one marked acquaintances. The friends that are dying are the people I recognize mainly by face. I know the names of a few of them. They might be a person working in the post office, the father of a child 29 E.

When did it replace the kiss? Gravity. People discover it in their marriage as they become older. Why do things fall apart in a home? Is it because gravity is known to suck the air out of a room? Romance falls back to earth. Dreams collect dust. Wedding pictures stick together. Silence starts the next conversation. Pitchers balk and fans boo. The television camera catches a player sitting on the losing team with a big smile on his face. What’s going on in his mind? What is he thinking? How many men try to smile their way into the arms of another woman?

Liam had hired me to teach at Bennington. He was a culture warrior, a rogue and bard, a medieval man of letters. We sat once in his New York apartment surrounded by books, talking about literature and life, until the lights around the entire city came on. He told me it was time to walk the dog and so we went outside into the air and the sounds of traffic. ” “Right,” the guy responded. ” Opening his wallet, Liam gave the guy several dollars. It was on the elevator in his building that he realized he had been hustled.

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