the sheer brilliance of this game’s hook
amazes me—
it’s an homage to collision,
a demo derby of organs and bones,football-injury
of fans psyched to see some player’s
neardeath experience, a feint game
of fast footwork leading to
victory through hurt
all underlain with clever strategies
and agile trickers
backed by large men
and place kickers,
a mashup of history,
current events and premonition
played in ten yard lunges
down fields of broken bones,
torn cartiledge, ripped ligaments
and brute ambition

Jim Culleny,

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