Southeast Professor Authors Book of Sports Poems

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Dr. Robert Hamblin, professor of English at Southeast Missouri State University, is the author of a new book of sports poems.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

May 16, 2007 – Dr. Robert Hamblin, professor of English at Southeast Missouri State University, is the author of a new book of sports poems.

Keeping Score: Sports Poems for Every Season has been published by Time Being Books of St. Louis.

The book contains 49 poems, written, Hamblin said, over a 35-year period.  The varied topics include childhood stickball, radio sportscasters, high school teammates, famous coaches, Southeast football players, recreational basketball games, and such major league baseball players as Hank Aaron, Reggie Jackson, Ron Swoboda and Tug McGraw. There are also poems about jogging, tennis, golf, horse racing and pole vaulting.  A former athlete and coach, Hamblin regularly teaches a course in sport literature, and he served for two decades as the poetry editor of Aethlon: The Journal of Sport Literature.  In addition to choosing the poems for publication in the journal, Hamblin organized readings by the Aethlon poets at the annual meetings of the Sport Literature Association.

“Keeping Score comes from my own experiences and observations,” Hamblin said, “but my involvement in teaching jock lit and working with Aethlon provided much of the context and inspiration for the poems.”

Don Johnson, professor of English at East Tennessee State University, poet, and editor of a collection of baseball poems, called Hamblin’s book “the most comprehensive collection of sports poems, by one author, on the market.”

Susan Swartwout, also a poet and Hamblin’s colleague in the Department of English at Southeast, noted, “These poems celebrate the highlights and humanity, the mighty and the miscreants, the Clementes and the calamities of sports.”

She continued, “They remind us via Hamblin’s enviable gift for language that sports not only speak to us but through us.”

Keeping Score is Hamblin’s third book of poems.  He previously authored From the Ground Up: Poems of One Southerner’s Passage to Adulthood and Mind the Gap: Poems by an American in London.

Keeping Score may be ordered through local book stores, from online providers, or from the author.