Academic journal article The Midwest Quarterly

Jinx

Academic journal article The Midwest Quarterly

Jinx

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   After the fifth inning    the law    Never mention    a no hitter being pitched    aloud    almost makes sense.    Bob Feller's    Dad snapped him    out of a slump.   Pitching,    Son, is like pitching    hay.     In "Metaphor By Mistake"    Walker Percy remembered seeing    a Blue Dollar Hawk    lift mysteriously before them    to be killed later    by its scientific    name:     a "blue darter hawk."    (The Word    has lost none    of its old power.) Forget    how to hold the ball,    Son. Forget all those    wild curves that made    catchers leap.    It will happen    almost by    accident    after so many wild throws    the ball    does something    funny     Oh, my!    As it happens    when you    and your wife both    come    at the same time--    by accident    almost. 

Jonathan Holden has published seven books of poetry, four of which have won national awards, Design for a House (the 1972 Devins Award), Leverage (the 1982 AWP Award), The Names of the Rapids' (the 1985 Juniper Prize) and The Sublime (the 1995 Vassar Miller Prize). His most recent book, his sixteenth, is Guns and Boyhood in America: A Memoir of Growing up in the 50s, published in the University of Michigan's Poets-on-Poetry Series, in May, 1997. He has been awarded two Creative Writing fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, one in 1975 in Poetry, one in 1985 in "Other Creative Prose." He is University Distinguished Professor, English and Poet-in-Residence at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. …

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