THE PLAYOFFS

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Noel Coward, the Gamers shortstop, relaxing before Game One in Dublin against the Laureates.

Welcome to the first game of the Scarriet Poetry Baseball Playoffs, and Boston, Massachusetts, home of the Society Division champions, Ben Franklin’s Secrets, managed by George Washington, with the best record in the league. The Secrets take on the Florence Banners, the Wild Card Team who finished second in the Glorious Division with a solid 89 and 65 record, in a best of seven series, two in Boston, three in Florence, two in Boston (if necessary).

Here are the line ups and starters for the first game in Boston.

Florence Banners
Motto: “The One remains, the many change and pass.”
Owner Lorenze de Medici, Manager Desi Erasmus, Pitching Coach Pope Leo X
Game One Starter: Dante Alighieri

1. Ben Mazer CF .272
2. Christina Rossetti LF .281
3. John Keats 2B .279
4. Friedrich Schiller 1B .254
5. Guido Cavalcanti 3B .271
6. Thomas Moore SS .291
7. DG Rossetti RF .280
8. Glyn Maxwell C .246
9. Dante Alighieri P 17-12 3.39

Boston Secrets
Motto: “We come in the age’s most uncertain hour and sing an American tune.”
Owner B Franklin, Manager G Washington, Pitching Coach Clarence Thomas
Game One Starter: Edgar Allan Poe

1. Nathaniel Hawthorne CF .273
2. Cole Porter 1B .297
3. Emily Dickinson C .278
4. Woody Guthrie 2B .265
5. Robert Frost SS .275
6. Carl Sandburg 3B .295
7. Paul Simon RF .270
8. Kanye West LF .267
9. Edgar Allan Poe P 14-12 3.10

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Here are the other two Playoff games, and lineups:

Welcome to Dublin, Ireland, where the Glorious Division champs host the Peoples Division champs, the LA Gamers!

LA Gamers
Motto: “He thought he saw an elephant that practiced on a fife.”
Owner Merv Griffin, Manager Bob Hope, Pitching Coach Lorne Michaels
Game One Starter: Lewis Carroll

1. Noel Coward SS .317
2. John Betjeman CF .325
3. Billy Collins LF .284
4. Eugene Ionesco C .279
5. Thomas Hood 2B .272
6. Joe Green 3B .261
7. Tristan Tzara 1B .267
8. Ogden Nash 3B .268
9. Lewis Carroll P 17-13 3.04 ERA

Dublin Laureates
Motto: “Luck is bestowed even on those who don’t have hands.”
Owner Nahum Tate, Manager Ronald Reagan, Pitching Coach Arthur Guinness
Game One Starter: Jonathan Swift

1. Sarah Teasdale 2B .313
2. Oliver Goldsmith CF .275
3. Alexandre Dumas LF .338
4. Charles Dickens 1B .359
5. Aphra Behn RF .262
6. Mirza Ghalib 3B .254
7. Boris Pasternak C .242
8. JK Rowling SS .228
9. Jonathan Swift P 22-5 2.80 ERA

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Welcome to Spain, where the Madrid Crusaders, champions of the Emperor Division host the Phoenix Universe, the Modern Division champs, in game one of the first round of the playoffs.

Phoenix Universe
Motto: “I know why the caged bird sings”
Owner Steven Spielberg, Manager Billy Beane, Pitching Coach Tom Hanks
Game One Starter: Harriet Beecher Stowe

1. Chuck Berry 3B .377
2. Maya Angelou C .316
3. Bob Dylan 2B .252
4. Decimus Juvenal RF .260
5. Paul Celan SS .249
6. Delmore Schwartz CF .247
7. Philip Levine LF .231
8. Anthony Hecht 1B .229
9. Harriet Beecher Stowe P 14-15 2.83

Madrid Crusaders
Motto: “If in my thought I have magnified the Father above the Son, let Him have no mercy on me.”
Owner Philip II, Manager Miguel Cervantes, Pitching Coach Christopher Columbus
Game One Starter: Ludwig Van Beethoven

1. Gerard Manley Hopkins CF .281
2. Hilaire Belloc C .280
3. Anne Bradstreet 3B .373
4. Aeschylus CF .253
5. Mary Angela Douglas SS .300
6. Joyce Kilmer RF .265
7. Phillis Wheatley LF .252
8. Countee Cullen 1B .245
9. Beethoven P 14-5 2.22

And away we go!

 

 

IN THE MODERN DIVISION, SPIELBERG AND THE UNIVERSE WIN ONE FOR THE COOL KIDS

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Martin Luther King Jr was lured to the Universe by Spielberg, and won 11 games.

As we look at the final division in the Scarriet Poetry Baseball League, we are joined by Henry Miller and Lawrence Durrell, two famous writers who declined to participate in the league this year, but have agreed to talk with us remotely for this report.

Scarriet: Hello, where are you guys?

Durrell: Where do you think?

Miller: A lovely Greek island!  Larry’s mother is taking good care of us.

Durrell: Miller, you’re crazy! That’s my wife!

Miller: You mean your mistress. (laughing) She’s lovely. Everything here is lovely.

Scarriet: Which island?

Durrell: We can’t say. The authorities are after us.

Miller: And boyfriends.

Scarriet. Well, OK. Lay low, then! Is that why you didn’t play this year?

Durrell: We can’t be everywhere at once.

Scarriet: I guess not. You’re busy men.

Miller: How do these writers and composers do it? How do they find time to play? It’s a long season!

Scarriet: So let me get some feedback from you on the season. There are five division winners and one wild card—six teams are in the playoffs.  The final result which just came in: Steven Spielberg’s Universe held on to win the Modern division by 3 games over John D. Rockefeller’s Buyers.  Spielberg made the moves he had to make, bringing in Martin Luther King Junior (11-7) Raymond Carver (12-8)  Lucian Freud (7-6), and Jean Cocteau (10-2) to enhance his pitching staff. Most of the owners have figured out it’s pitching that wins championships.

Miller: All baseball fans know that, even poets know that.  If they can’t hit your pitch, that’s it, everyone’s a bystander, watching the master work.  It’s called painting.  Or listening. The pitcher’s in control.

Durrell: Yes, but once the ball is hit, anything can happen.

Miller: Larry doesn’t know baseball.  But he’s a good poet. I like his poetry better than his fiction.

Durrell: You don’t know anything. I worked hard on those novels.

Miller: You never worked hard on anything in your life.

Durrell: Let the guy interview us!

Scarriet: Anais Nin won 17 games for Pamela Harriman’s team. The Dreamers. They didn’t do too well.

Miller: They wanted me to play for them. I couldn’t do it.  I couldn’t play for them.

Durrell: That’s a feminist outfit, the Dreamers. They didn’t want you!

Miller: Yes, they did. My girl Nin begged me to play!

Scarriet: You got some offers from teams?

Miller: Plenty, yes. Not Larry, though. He’s obscure.

Durrell: No, I’m not!

Scarriet: The point we want to make is—the Madrid Crusaders won the Emperor Division—

Miller: The religious team, the Catholic team!  Boring!

Durrell: I was rooting for the Goths! With Wilde and Baudelaire!

Miller: Baudelaire lost 10 straight!  That’s embarrassing. You couldn’t get me to play in this league. It’s too tough. They’ll eat you alive.

Scarriet: The Dublin Laureates won the Emperor Division—

Miller: The team run by Nahum Tate, the Poet Laureate of England who re-wrote King Lear with a happy ending! The team with JK Rowling! Boring!

Scarriet: The Boston Secrets won the Society Division—

Durrell: Cool name. The Secrets.

Miller: But that’s “America’s team!” George Washinton’s team!  Boring!  Sickening!

Scarriet: And the LA Gamers won the Peoples Division—

Miller: With Billy Collins! Merv Griffin’s team.  That’s the most disgusting winner of all!  What’s wrong with this league!

Scarriet: And the Florence Banners, from the Glorious Division, the Wild Card team—

Miller: The Renaissance team! Boring!

Scarriet: So imagine if John D. Rockefeller’s Chicago Buyers had won the Modern Division.

Durrell: Thank you Steven Spielberg!

Miller: I’m not a big fan of Spielberg and Hollywood.  But Spielberg is better than the Madrid Crusaders!  The religious club! Ugh. Hey, Steven!  You won it for the cool kids!!

Durrell: We got somebody to root for.

Universe 82 72 Winner Owner, Steven Spielberg, Manager Billy Beane, Team Leaders: Bob Dylan 33 homers, Chuck Berry .377, Chuck Berry 20 SB, Harriet Beecher Stowe 14-15, 2.83 ERA

Buyers 79 75 Owner John D. Rockefeller, Manager Charles Darwin, Dylan Thomas 39, Jack Kerouac .312, Elizabeth Bishop 20/Jack Kerouac 20 SB, Mark Twain 16-12, Walt Whitman 2.91

Crash  76 78 Owner AC Barnes, Manager Paul Cezanne, Stephen Spender 30, Allen Tate .309, Stanley Kunitz 18 SB, John Dewey 19-13, John Crowe Ransom 3.29

Printers 72 80 Owner Andy Warhol, Manager Brian Epstein, Aristophanes 32/John Updike 32, Aristophanes .336, John Ashbery 16 SB, Hans Holbein 16-5, Hans Holbein 3.07

Dreamers 72 82 Owner Pamela Harriman, Manager Averell Harriman, Sharon Olds 33/Edna Millay 33, Jack Gilbert .342, Carolyn Forche 23 SB, Anais Nin 17-16, Nin 4.09

The Playoffs!

First Round, All Rounds Best of 7

Florence Banners (Glorious Div) Wild Card v. Boston Secrets (Society Div) no. 1 seed
LA Gamers (Peoples Div) 5th seed v. Dublin Laureates (Glorious Div) no. 2 seed
Phoenix Universe (Modern Div) 4th seed v. Madrid Crusaders (Emperor Div) no. 3 seed

If Banners win, they play winner of Gamers/Laureates
If Secrets win, they play winner of Gamers (or) Laureates v Universe (or) Crusaders

GAMERS BEAT COBRAS AND WAVES IN A RACE FOR THE AGES TO WIN PEOPLES DIVISION!

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Merv Griffin told his manager Bob Hope to keep smiling and Bob Hope told his team to keep smiling, and they not only smiled, they laughed, even when they were 25-38 in early June. Then Merv Griffin told Bob Hope, “I found you a couple of pitchers. Charlie Chaplin and Woody Allen. They’ll sign and start playing tomorrow.” The Gamers started winning. Muhammad Ali and MC Escher joined Menander, Charles Bernstein, Clive James, EE Cummings, and Christian Morgenstern in the bullpen in August. The Gamers played too recklessly, at first. James Tate, replaced by Garrison Keillor, and then Chaplin, thought it was funny to throw at hitters. Bob Hope called an April meeting. “It’s okay to taunt the opposing team, but do it gently, subtly,” Joe Green, the Gamers third baseman (.263 11 homers), remembers Hope saying. Billy Collins would homer to put his team ahead, then make an error in the field to lose the game. As the season went on, the Gamers began to focus more. They put their wit into winning on the field, and transformed themselves from a team playing for fun into a team winning for fun.

The season for the Kolkata Cobras, Beijing Waves, and Los Angeles Gamers came down to the final day.

Chairman Mao’s Waves (managed by Jack Dorsey) were hosting the Cobras in Beijing, having been knocked out of the race the day before, when Tagore beat Voltaire 7-3 in Kolkata, as Jeet Thayil and Sushmita Gupta homered and Anand Thakore went 4-4 for the Cobras. The Cobras owned the Waves in head-to-head meetings most of the year, and Rumi, a 21 game winner and riding a 7-0 streak, was going for Kolkata.

The Gamers had kept even with the Cobras the previous day behind Lewis Carroll’s fourth straight win, a 5-4 victory against Aristotle, in Los Angeles. Lewis Carroll, hitting in the ninth spot, took Aristotle deep early, as the Gamers took a 2-0 lead. After Santa Barbara tied it 4-4, Thomas Hood homered on a 3-2 pitch from Aristotle to lift the Gamers in their biggest win of the season so far.

With Rumi going for the Cobras, Merv Griffin’s team was sure they had to win their final game against the Laws in Santa Barbara—where LA owned a miserable 3 and 12 season record. The pitching match up favored the Laws—Santa Barbara was sending Francis Bacon, a 15 game winner, against Democritas (12-13). Lord Bacon had been up and down all year, but he did have 4 shut outs and 250 Ks.

The Waves did the Gamers a favor. Lucretius beat Rumi 8-3, as the Waves revenged themselves on the Cobras, a team which had stood between them and a division title all year. Billie Holiday, Gary B. Fitzgerald, Bertolt Brecht, and Wendell Berry homered for Mao’s Waves.

John Donne and Walter Raleigh hit back to back homers against Democritas, as the Santa Barbara Laws took a 2-0 lead. With the bases loaded, Joe Green speared a line drive to prevent further damage. Green led off the next inning and singled. With two out, Betjeman homered and tied the score for the Gamers. Lord Bacon struck out the next seven hitters in a row; Democritas loaded the bases in the 5th and 6th innings, escaping with double plays. In the 8th, the Laws went ahead 4-2. Donald Justice tripled in Reed Whitmore and Anna Akhmatova. Bacon, who had retired 16 straight hitters, started the 9th. Green singled,  Dorothy Parker, batting for Democritas, walked. Noel Coward walked. Ferdinand Saussure relieved Bacon for the Laws. Billy Collins then hit his 39th homer of the season for the Gamers, an opposite field pop fly down the line, pushed by the wind, just inches fair, for a home run. It was almost comical; no one could believe it was a home run. The Laws loaded the bases (again!) in the ninth against Muhammad Ali. MC Escher got the final out, striking out Fred Seidel, making the Gamers champs of the Peoples Division.

Gamers 82 72 Winner Owner Merv Griffin, Manager Bob Hope, Team Leaders: Billy Collins 39 homers, John Betjeman .325, Noel Coward 23 SB, Lewis Carroll 17-13, 3.04 ERA

Cobras 81 73 Owner Satyajit Ray, Manager Rupi Kaur, Jadoo Akhtar 32, Vikram Seth .334, Samar Sen 28 SB, Rumi 21-10, Tagore 2.76

Waves 81 73 Owner Chairman Mao, Manager Jack Dorsey, Li Po 28/Tu Fu 28, Li Po .333, Li He 25 SB, Voltaire 18-14, Lao Tzu 3.05

Laws 76 78 Owner Dick Wolf, Manager Moshe Rabbenu, John Donne 35, Jane Kenyon .297, Gottfried Burger 21 SB, Horace 16-15, Aristotle 3.44

Mist  63 91 Owner Akira Kurosawa, Manager Eiji Yoshikawa, Hilda Doolittle 29, John Lennon .342, Richard Brautigan 32 SB, Issa 15-18, Yukio Mishima 3.10

 

 

SOCIETY DIVISION CHAMPS: BOSTON SECRETS

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Kanye West, .267 batting avg. and 15 homers as left fielder for the Boston Secrets

When you have two starting pitchers, like Plato (25-8) and Pushkin (19-5), each with 5 shutouts, it would be shocking if you didn’t run away with the title. This is what Ben Franklin’s Boston Secrets did, winning the Society Division (some call it the Secret Society Division) by 14 games over the second place Connecticut Animals, owned by P.T. Barnum.

The poor Animals. Amy Lowell finished with a 22-5 record, and 4 shutouts, and Ovid added 19 wins and 5 shut outs—surely this team should have at least made the playoffs! The Animals third-best pitcher, Jules Verne, won 15, and Poe, third-best pitcher for the Secrets, won 14. But the Animals had a low team batting average, didn’t have a very good bullpen (AA Milne became their go-to guy when he joined the club in July,) not a lot of team speed, had lapses on defense, and Animals starter Herman Melville lost 21 games.  The Secrets ran well, fielded well, hit a little better, and their “Founding Father” bullpen was solid.

The Secrets also had great team chemistry. Kanye West: “I love my teammates…Plato is the most amazing guy. Poe is hard to talk to. I love Eddie, though. He’s real quiet, but you can tell he’s thinking all the time. Paul Simon made me feel at home, in his quiet way. Pushkin. Pushkin doesn’t sit still. He’s like me. He shares what he knows about poetry. Everyone talks poetry after the game. I don’t know if I belong on this team. I don’t know what I’m doing. I don’t know how I hit home runs. Pushkin told me, ‘You only have to know it right now—even as you forget it, so don’t worry about what you know. Ever.’ I said, man, I want to write that down, after he said that. Maybe it doesn’t make sense. It made sense to me. I borrowed a piece of paper from Moliere. Bobby [Robert Frost] gave me a pen. Pushkin laughed. ‘You writing this down?’ Emily [Dickinson] gave me a pencil. Bobby’s pen didn’t work. We all made fun of Bobby because his pen didn’t work. I pretended to be in agony, because the damn pen didn’t work. (laughing) Emily was so glad she had a pencil for me. This team is the best.”

The Secrets are the first seed, so they will play the wild card team, the Florence Banners, in round one of the playoffs.

Secrets 95 59  Winner Owner Ben Franklin, Manager George Washington, Team Leaders: Frost 31 homers, Cole Porter .297, Hawthorne 35 SB, Plato 25-8, Plato 2.21 ERA

Animals 81 73  Owner, PT Barnum, Manager Walt Disney, Edward Lear 25, Seamus Heaney .322, Jack Spicer 16 SB, Amy Lowell 22-5, Amy Lowell 2.79

War     78 76  Owner JP Morgan, Manager Niccolo Machiavelli, Philip Sidney 24, Rupert Brooke .352, Rupert Brooke 37 SB, Remarque 18-12, Walter Scott 3.01

Strangers 67 87  Owner David Lynch, Manager Bram Stoker, Rimbaud 33, Mary Shelley .318, Mary Shelley 24 SB, Pope 15-12, Nietzsche 3.89

Actors  66 88  Owner Harvey Weinstein, Manager Johnny Depp, Hafiz 28, Hafiz .297, Skelton 25 SB, Chaucer 15-11, Chaucer 3.36

 

 

LAUREATES FIGHT OFF BANNERS TO WIN GLORIOUS DIVISION!

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Nahum Tate, mocked and ridiculed as inauthentic for his popular, stage-revision, “Happy Ending” King Lear, the Poet Laureate of England 1692-1715, and one of Pope’s “dunces,” is celebrating today; the team he owns, the Dublin Laureates, has captured the flag of the Glorious Division in a close and heated race with the favored Florence Banners.

As Colley Cibber, Drury Lane theater manager, actor, Poet Laureate of England 1730-1757, and “dunce,” utility infielder for the Laureates, put it in a letter to Pope, “I wrote more to be Fed than be Famous.”  There is no pretense in the Laureates—they are not the “cool kids.”  They are the panegyric group, earnestly playing in the spirit of moral populism, and whatever has been said of them, look at what they’ve done.  They are champions of the Glorious Division!

Predictions were not good for them at the start of the year—Edmund Burke, Thomas Peacock, Samuel Johnson, and Leigh Hunt comprised the core of their starting pitching. The reclusive Italian from the north of Italy, Titus Livius, or Livy, historian of the Roman Empire, and friends with Augustus, was chosen by Tate as the Laureates’ relief ace.

Dublin did not win a lot of games at first, but they won most of their close games when Livy was involved. The Laureates had a 9-7 record when Jonathan Swift joined the team; Dublin had already proved themselves as a team which could score runs and win close games. But starting second baseman Sara Teasdale felt the change when Swift became their starting pitcher and promptly won five straight. “A shiver of delight went through our team, like an electric charge, and the warmth of it never let up. The team knew in their hearts, around the twentieth of April, that the coming autumn would find us joyful.” Samuel Johnson was winning in April, as well.  Burke and Peacock were inconsistent, and eventually Robert Louis Stevenson and Blaise Pascal replaced them. Laureates’ manager Ronald Reagan never rested, as the season progressed, in shaping Dublin’s destiny. Robert Boyle and JD Salinger arrived to help the bullpen; Hans Christian Anderson was brought in for spot relief.

Dublin’s offense was as impressive as Jonathan Swift’s 22 wins.

Aphra Behn hit 34 homers to lead the club, followed by Dickens (33) and Dumas (30). Sara Teasdale slugged 20 homers from the lead off spot! (She also led the team with 31 stolen bases.) JK Rowling, batting eighth, added 16. Center fielder Oliver Goldsmith: “It was like watching fireworks.” Boris Pasternak, the catcher: “It was a mutual thing. Our pitchers felt no pressure to retire every batter, and that relaxed them, so they pitched better. This was because we scored so many runs. And the hitters were at ease, and hit well, because they had confidence in our pitching.”

Good news for the Florence Banners.  They earned the league’s Wild Card spot, as they won 8 of their last 10, including 3 out of 4 against the Laureates. So they’ll be hot going into the playoffs. Had Shelley pitched better in two starts at the end of the year, the Banners may have caught the Laureates on the last day of the season. Dublin clinched their division crown with 3 straight wins against the imploding Carriages—Pascal beat Andrew Marvell 4-1, Robert Louis Stevenson beat Virginia Woolf 2-1—Ghalib, the 19th century Persian poet, got the Laureates’ winning hit (a double off the wall)—and Samuel Johnson beat Hazlitt 7-2 for his 12th win of the year (Johnson pitched hurt for most of the season).

The Banners were led by Shelley’s 23 wins (Virgil added 19, Dante, 17, da Vinci 14) and Friedrich Schiller’s 37 homers (John Keats was second with 25).  Boccaccio and Botticelli are the stars of the Florence bullpen. The Banners’ owner, Lorenzo de Medici, who has not hidden the fact he believes his is the best team in the division, said Tate “does not know anything,” and predicted great success in the playoffs for the Florence Banners.

Laureates 91 63 Winner Owner Nahum Tate, Manager Ronald Reagan, Team Leaders: Aphra Behn 34 homers, Dickens .359, Teasdale 31 SB, Swift 22-5, Swift 2.80 ERA

Banners  89 65 Wild Card Owner Lorenzo de Medici, Manager Erasmus, Schiller 37, Thomas Moore .291, Ben Mazer 36 SB, Shelley 23-8, Shelley 2.78

Carriages 72 82 Owner Queen Victoria, Manager Prince Albert, Longfellow 33, Tennyson .351, Paul McCartney 13 SB, Marvell 16-14, V Woolf 2.91

Pistols   68 86 Owner Eva Braun, Manager Randolph Churchill, Yeats 42, DH Lawrence .331, DH Lawrence 24 SB, TS Eliot 14-14, TS Eliot 3.20

Sun     65 89  Owner Lord John Russell, Manager Winston Churchill, Wordsworth 38, Kipling .324, Southey 25 SB, Huxley 13-15, Ruskin 1.42

MADRID CRUSADERS SHOCK THE WORLD!

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Philip’s father, the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, raised his son to have “piety, patience, modesty, and distrust,” and though Philip’s Spanish “Golden Age” in art and literature stretched across the globe, Philip’s coffers were always close to empty while defending the Catholic faith against Muslims to the south, and Protestants to the north—with a relatively small population under his rule.

How did Philip afford the Crusaders?

How was Philip able to lure Beethoven, Mozart, and Handel onto his pitching staff?

The published motto of Philip’s team, “If in my thought I have magnified the Father above the Son, let Him have no mercy on me,” perhaps struck a chord with these devoted and superhuman composers. The Crusaders have neither a famous bullpen nor an expensive, star-filled lineup, but thanks to Madrid’s core of starting pitching, they finished with the third best win total in the league, as champions of the talent-filled Emperor Division—beating out Pope Julius II, Napoleon, Charles X, and Fellini, who populated their clubs with such stars as Homer, Goethe, Coleridge, Hegel, Kant, Hesiod, Cicero, Wilde, Milton, Dryden, Bach, Hugo, Sophocles, Catullus, Heine, Michelangelo, Spenser, Blake, Petrarch, Racine, Auden, Burns, Rilke, and Sappho.

Gerard Manley Hopkins hit lead off for the Crusaders, and led the league with 42 stolen bases. Anne Bradstreet and Aeschylus took low salaries, and drove in runs for Philip’s team; Joyce Kilmer and Phillis Wheatley, who joined Aeschylus in the outfield, contributed just enough, along with Countee Cullen and Saint Ephrem—who hit third, played short, and when he was hurt in late April, was replaced by the poet Mary Angela Douglas (.299 20 homers), who took no salary at all!—and went on a tear, inspiring the team with 14 home runs in May (this was before Mozart and Beethoven joined the club) and she later filled in for Bradstreet at the end of August—and contributed timely hits to provide wins for Beethoven, Mozart and Aquinas.

The Crusaders title is being called a miracle.

Mozart made the difference in the end.  He was 5-4, but won his last 6 starts.  The Rome Ceilings, the team to beat, struggled in the home stretch, going 3-7, while the Crusaders were going 8-2.  In the final series of the season, Milton, ace of the Ceilings, beat the Crusaders and Scarlatti 5-4, bringing the Ceilings to within 2 games of the Crusaders with 3 left to play.  The next night, the clincher was won by Mozart—who had previously shut out the Goths and the Codes. Now he shut out the Ceilings for 7 innings (running his scoreless streak to 27) as he beat Dryden 4-1 in Madrid. With the game tied 1-1 in the eighth, Mary Angela Douglas cleared the bases with a 2 out, line drive double, just past the Ceilings’ first baseman, Michelangelo.

Here are the final standings, with team leaders:

Crusaders  85 69  Winner  Philip II owner, Miguel de Cervantes manager, Team Leaders: Aeschylus 30 homers, Bradstreet .373, Hopkins 42 SB, Handel 20-5, Beethoven 2.21 ERA

Ceilings  82 72 Pope Julius II owner, Cardinal Richelieu manager, Euripides 27, Petrarch .312, Blake 29 SB, Milton 18-11, Milton 2.53

Codes   78 76 Napoleon owner, Alexander (the Great) manager, V Hugo 37, Walcott .315, Racine 21 SB, Homer 19-7, Homer 3.19

Goths   77 77 Charles X owner, Arthur Schopenhauer manager, Sophocles 35, Heine .299, Catullus 32 SB, Chateaubriand 20-12, Chateaubriand 2.74

Broadcasters  68 86 Fellini owner, Claudius manager, Bobby Burns 32, M Jagger .305, M Jagger 20 SB, Nabokov 16-16, Leopardi 2.91

 

Next: Winners of Glorious, Society, Peoples, and Modern Divisions!  Playoff Previews!

 

 

 

DARLING, YOU WERE WRONG

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Darling, you were wrong—
The truth is, I wasn’t wrong—
And your wrong, it turned out, was a terrible wrong;
Time was your enemy, not me;
You confused an ordinary law with the law of gravity.
In a few particulars, everyone is wrong—
But this wrong of yours was a terrible wrong—
And, even now, this is your fate,
Now, to be wrong, and now, to hate.
Darling, darling, you were wrong;
Unfortunately, you were totally wrong.
Everything, eventually, falls into wrong,
But my song wasn’t wrong.
Darling, you were wrong, you were wrong, you were wrong.

O MUSE

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I will ask myself a question
And I will only ask myself.
Should I use “Oh Muse” or “O Muse?”
I don’t really know.
Perhaps I should ask the Muse:
Is it—Oh or O?
But the Muse will have no idea:
Muse is only a word.
To ask “the Muse” about “O” or “Oh”
Is utterly absurd.
The “Muse” and “O,” like a woman and her sex,
Will never be the same.
All you’ll get is laughter. When you told her that you loved her,
You mispronounced her name.

 

THE GOOD

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People are good—even people we profoundly disagree with, but good is not the same as the ‘The Good.’  People can be ‘good,’ but lack an understanding about one aspect of a certain issue, and so they can be ‘wrong’ even as they are ‘good.’ The good person is the law-abiding person, but the ‘good’ person may not understand the underlying evil of a law they obey—and so one can be deeply ‘good’—but also profoundly ‘wrong.’ This is the great paradox of society and politics. A good person always has more to learn, because good, by its very meaning, implies something which can improve—the ‘good’ can always be ‘better,’ otherwise it would not be ‘good.’  ‘The Good’ does not get better—it is ‘The Good.’ This is what Plato meant when he said every society must ask itself, “what is the good?”  The Good is not the same as ‘good.’  If what is ‘good,’ on the other hand, is incapable of getting better, it is, by definition, not good. Good requires something outside itself in which to act good towards. Good obeys the law, but does not make the law, and does not necessarily understand every impact of the law—it merely obeys the good because it is good in a limited way. But we can see how if the law is bad, the good, by obeying that law, can, by being good, contribute to the bad. If people don’t understand the distinction between ‘good’ and “The good,” they will be more apt to fall into the error of overestimating what is merely ‘good,’ and underestimating the ‘understanding’ which is necessary to constantly make the ‘good’ better—and ‘better’ is at the heart of the definition of ‘good.’  We know that we if we step off a high cliff, science tells us we will fall to our deaths, and so we think we understand science.  But this simple fact—gravity, is not understood by millions of ‘good’ people.  They have never truly contemplated what this means. They have a vague idea that gravity is an attractive force, but beyond that, the real scientific fact and the implications of that fact are completely beyond them. Why do I keep falling faster?  This very few people understand. They don’t understand why we accelerate by the same rate each time we fall.  The acceleration of the fall is not understood. They don’t understand, in the simplest sense, how gravity works, as a law, in the context of the lawful universe operating in parts, as a whole. This is because they know gravity as a fact, but they don’t know what the implication of the fact is. They don’t know the poetry of gravity. They sadly, only know gravity. They know they will die if they fall off a cliff, but they don’t know why. Even among the scientific, they are not scientific. They would need to contemplate everything—and they cannot do that. We cannot even know something as ‘good’ unless we see it in the context of some other behavior or quality—in which we clearly see it is ‘better than.’  Despite the fact that we say ‘these are good people,’ the ‘good’ is always on a continuum.  “The Good” is different, and is absolutely good, and should not be confused with ‘good.’  One can be hated by ‘good people’ if one has an understanding greater than theirs.  The understanding one will still suffer by being reviled by good people—it pushes them to make themselves understood. Great works of art, law, and philosophy are driven by this impulse: to be reconciled to the ignorant ‘good,’ who hate the artist or philosopher for the very reason that the people who hate him are ‘good’—-they are obeying someone else’s ideas rather than his—and it breaks the artist’s heart, or, rather, makes the artist want to become an artist in the first place—the ‘art’ is the act of fixing this problem—the sad fact of being condemned and misunderstood by people who are good. The desire to be understood is the most beautiful impulse in the world, so much so, that this is truly where ‘The Good’ resides. We said great art is the desire to be understood. We also know, however, that there are some things which will never be understood, and many bad artists and bad philosophers use this very fact to counterfeit ‘The Good.’  They have no desire to be understood, and when you don’t quite understand them, but are made to feel you ought to understand them, you are caught, and fooled, and you clap your hands and you laugh and you wave and you cheer when the naked emperor strides by. You are not in awe.  You are embarrassed for the emperor, yourself, and the admiring throngs. So you shout your admiration, as loudly as you can, laughing both with, and at, the nakedness, while your happy shouts drown out every good in the world.

DECEPTION

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If only life were simple,
And men were dogs and women, cats,
And every priest was wrong.
But the gods do not like simple things.
You and I do not deceive in unique ways.
We do not deceive at all. We are deceived.
Deception is the very language and nature of everything.
The simple truth of the atheist is merely our deception.
You and I, to fall in love, were wholly fooled.
Dog—who pretends to be a cat, who is a bird
To the cats who pretend to be dogs:
Look how deeply unhappy you have made me.
My poem is in the corner, with beautiful fur,
Licking itself.

 

YOU WONDER WHY THE CANDIDATE YOU HATE WILL WIN

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The reason is the poor, and their pride.
They want the poetry—not, a poetry.
When you need to work, there is no place to hide.
A poet, lazily dreaming, is no longer poor; the poor
Are employed in public transport; they labor, they stumble,
And celebrities who sing “Imagine” on Zoom don’t want to do these things.
The celebrities are living dreams of money, lust, and pride,
Which you and I must keep inside.
I betray poetry in this poem;
I cannot escape the poor;
The poor worker is what I am.
And I am not a poet; I am a religious man.
Anyone who is a little bit conservative
Has but one celebrity—
You preach poetries.
But there is only one poetry.
And it is not poetry.

 

ANCIENT RELIGIOUS POEM IN THREE PARTS

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With crazy sex, the number of babies grew—
This is what the god of life knew.
This is why birth in the flesh is what the god decries.
There will be less babies. But not one of them dies.
The darkness is for life, because life murders,
And your angel is for death, because death is peace.
Common sense only works in the beginning,
In the first instant your decision is made.
You cannot change your mind—in wisdom—
After the disaster is paid.
To save the world in its first lusty breath
God had to think fast: to save the world, he gave it death.
Love is when the harbor is like glass
Because no wind is blowing.
The tortured wind arises
In your obeisance to knowing.
Who is your love? And where are they going?
The water’s ripples are kisses returned
To the wind. Long ago, your ship burned,
And your mind fell in love with knowing.
Love is when the harbor is like glass
And no wind is blowing.

 

YOU ALWAYS WONDER

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You always wonder
Why those two are married—
And why you and I,
Who love all the same things,
Don’t even say hello.
The self hates
And loves. Cooperation
Doesn’t care about these things.
The most beautiful music, which we both love,
Did not make us love. In fact,
It made us hate, pushing us together
To find we hated each other,
Which always happens when two
Get too close. The secret
Of the happily married
Is a long list of differences,
Which keeps them in awe,
And safely apart.

SHALL I PUT THE MEANING OF THIS POEM IN THE TITLE

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Shall I put the meaning of this poem
In the title? I shall not.
It will not need that.
As we look at the same wall we will look
At the same spot.
This poem is on paradise
And, deserving its praise,
And making its way into the classroom,
I want a dear young student
To focus on the light.
That student will be me.
He will say exactly what the poem is
Without being told. And he will be right.

 

SEPTEMBER LEADERS

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HOME RUNS

Yeats currently leads; he plays for the last-place Pistols in the Glorious division. The truth is, pitching wins titles, not home runs, though America’s love affair with the home run is unceasing. The home run is the punchline of everything baseball. It’s a glory, only because the strike out and the weak grounder and the pop up are far more common. The only successful team with two sluggers high up on the leader board are the LA Gamers, managed by Bob Hope; Billy Collins and Eugene Ionesco have been a two-man wrecking crew for Merv Griffin’s team. Laughter and hi jinks live in LA’s dugout; but when it’s all over, will the Gamers prevail on the field?

WB Yeats 38
Victor Hugo 37
Wordsworth 37
Sophocles 35
Billy Collins 35
Dylan Thomas 34
Friedrich Schiller 34
Eugene Ionesco 34
Elizabeth Bishop 32
Sharon Olds 32
Aphra Behn 32
John Donne 31
Bob Dylan 31
Rimbaud 31
Edna Millay 30
Bobby Burns 30
Aristophanes 30
WH Auden 30
Longfellow 30
Rabelais 30
Robert Frost 30

EMPEROR

Rimini Broadcasters Bobby Burns 30, Rilke 23, Anne Sexton 20, Jim Morrison 12, Gregory Corso 8, Mick Jagger 7, Swinburne 6, Sappho 5, Coleridge 3, Nabokov 2, Leopardi 2, Edmund Waller 2
Corsica Codes Victor Hugo 37, Auden 30, Racine 28, Soyinka 12, Derek Walcott 8, Laforgue 7, Callimachus 7, Lati-Loutard 6, Homer 5, Mina Loy 4, John Clare 3
Madrid Crusaders Aeschylus 29, Anne Bradstreet 25, Mary Angela Douglas 20, Saint Ephrem 15, Phillis Wheatley 10, Joyce Kilmer 10, John Paul II 5, Mozart 4, Hopkins 3, Niebuhr 3, Cullen 3
Paris Goths Sophocles 35, Heine 25, Tasso 15, Madame de Stael 11, Chatterton 8, Holderlin 8, Dan Sociu 6, Ronsard 6, Herrick 5, Catulus 3, Herbert 2, Novalis 2
Rome Ceilings Euripides 25, Spenser 20, Michelangelo 14, Milton 10, Pindar 10, Tulsidas 8, William Blake 6, Petrarch 6, JR Lowell 5, RH Horne 4

GLORIOUS

Berlin Pistols WB Yeats 38, James Joyce 25, Ted Hughes 18, DH Lawrence 17, John Quinn 15, T.S. Eliot 10, Alistair Crowley 8, Ford Maddox Ford 7, Gertrude Stein 6, Filippo Marinetti 4, Alfred Orage 4
London Carriages Longfellow 30, Tennyson 28, Browning 19, Paul McCartney 13, GB Shaw 12, Elizabeth Barrett 10, Syliva Plath 8, Geoffrey Hill 8, Larkin 5, Marvell 5, Carol Ann Duffy 4
Florence Banners Friedrich Schiller 34, John Keats 24, DG Rossetti 20, Ben Mazer 13, Christina Rossetti 10, Thomas Wyatt 10, Cavalcanti 8, Dante 7, Thomas Moore 7, Stefan George 6, Glyn Maxwell 6, Shelley 6, Virgil 4
Devon Sun Wordsworth 37, Matthew Arnold 21, Rudyard Kipling 17, Horace Walpole 16, HG Wells 12, Emerson 10, Basil Bunting 8, John Davies 7, Margaret Fuller 7, Richard Steele 5, Joseph Addison 5, Marilyn Chin 5, Joy Harjo 4
Dublin Laureates Aphra Behn 32, Dickens 29, Dumas 28, Sarah Teasdale 20, JK Rowling 16, Ghalib 13, Pasternak 12, John Townsend Trowbridge 11, Oliver Goldsmith 8, Van Morrison 4, Rod McKuen 4

SOCIETY

Westport Actors Hafiz 27, Thomas Nashe 23, Gwendolyn Brooks 10, Amiri Baraka 10, Leonard Cohen 8, Johnny Rotten 7, Audre Lorde 4, David Bowie 4, Marilyn Hacker 3, Lucille Clifton 3, John Skelton 3, Etheridge Knight 3
Virginia Strangers Rimbaud 31, Rabelais 30, Ted Roethke 27, Knut Hamsun 9, Mary Shelley 6, Alexander Pope 6, Pessoa 5, Merwin 3, Franz Wright 3, Weldon Kees 3
Connecticut Animals Edward Lear 24, Wallace Stevens 20, Marianne Moore 15, Seamus Heaney 13, Ferlinghetti 12, Jack Spicer 10, Robinson Jeffers 4, Drayton 4, Ovid 4, Richard Wilbur 3, Mary Oliver 3, Tony Harrison 3
New York War Philip Sidney 21, Apollinaire 18, Harry Crosby 16, Stephen Crane 16, Wilfred Owen 14, James Dickey 11, Shakespeare 9, Howard Nemerov 7, Robert Graves 6, Alan Seeger 5, T.E. Hulme 4, Keith Douglas 4, Brooke 4
Boston Secrets Frost 30, Dickinson 25, Woody Guthrie 16, Kanye West 14, Nathaniel Hawthorne 9, Cole Porter 9, Paul Simon 9, Carl Sandburg 9, Stephen Cole 6, Edgar Poe 5, William Cullen Bryant 3, Paul Dunbar 3, Bob Tonucci 2

PEOPLES

Kolkata Cobras Jadoo Akhtar 29, Vikram Seth 28, George Harrison 27, Gajanan Muktibodh 14, Anand Thakore 11, Allen Ginsberg 9, Jeet Thayil 7, Adil Jussawala 5, Kalidasa 5, Tagore 4, Daipayan Nair 3, Samar Sen 3, Rumi 2
Tokyo Mist Hilda Doolittle 27, John Lennon 24, Sadakichi Hartmann 21, Yoko Ono 10, Haruki Murakami 6, Natsume Soseki 6, Gary Snyder 5, Izumi Shikabu 4, Cid Corman 4, Richard Brautigan 3, Doppo Kunikida 3, Basho 3
Beijing Waves Li Po 27, Tu Fu 24, Karl Marx 23, Brecht 13, Li He 8, Ho Chi Fang 7, Pablo Neruda 5, Gary B Fitzgerald 3, Voltaire 3, Li Young Lee 3, Billie Holiday 3, Bai Juyi 2, Wendell Berry 2
Santa Barbara Laws John Donne 31, Thomas Hardy 20, Walter Raleigh 17, Martial 14, Jane Kenyon 12, Donald Hall 8, Reed Whitmore 8, Gottfried Burger 8, Antonio Machado 6, Akhmatova 5, Horace 5, Donald Justice 4, Ajip Rosidi 3
LA Gamers Billy Collins 35, Eugene Ionesco 34, Thomas Hood 24, Joe Green 11, John Betjeman 10, Noel Coward 8, Ogden Nash 5, Ernest Thayer 4, Tristan Tzara 4, James Whitcomb Riley 3, XJ Kennedy 3, Archibald MacLeish 3

MODERN

Arden Dreamers Sharon Olds 32, Edna Millay 30, Louis MacNeice 29, Stevie Smith 11, Jack Gilbert 10, Louise Bogan 9, Richard Lovelace 8, Carolyn Forche 3, Propertius 3, Jean Valentine 3
Manhattan Printers Aristophanes 30, John Updike 28, Garcia Lorca 17, Andre Breton 11, John Ashbery 10, Kenneth Koch 9, Lou Reed 9, Hart Crane 7, James Merrill 7, Christopher Isherwood 7, Duchamp 7, James Baldwin 6
Chicago Buyers Dylan Thomas 34, Elizabeth Bishop 32, Robert Lowell 22, Edgar Lee Masters 12, Robert Penn Warren 9, Kenneth Rexroth 8, Walt Whitman 7, Duke Ellington 5, Jorie Graham 4
Philadelphia Crash Stephen Spender 26, Allen Tate 22, John Gould Fletcher 16, Franz Werfel 12, Archilochus 10, Donald Davidson 8, John Crowe Ransom 8, WC Williams 6, RIchard Howard 6, Stanley Kunitz 4
Phoenix Universe Bob Dylan 31, Juvenal 29, Paul Celan 22, Anthony Hecht 12, Delmore Schwartz 10, Chuck Berry 10, Maya Angelou 9, Galway Kinnell 5, Larry Levis 3, Philip Levine 3

BATTING AVG

Anne Bradstreet has 25 home runs to go with her stellar .372 batting average, as she and the surprising Mary Angela Douglas (.300, 20 homers) are close to earning a title for the Madrid Crusaders—the Rome Ceilings (4 .300 hitters, Euripides, Petrarch, William Blake, and Michelangelo—whose poetry is awesome, by the way) the favored team standing in their way, with just 10 games to go. Charles Dickens is hitting .354 with 29 blasts to lead the Dublin Laureates, who have the second best record in the league behind the Boston Secrets—who actually have a fairly modest hitting attack: no .300 hitters; Robert Frost leads the Secrets with 30, Emily Dickinson (who missed some games becomes of shyness) has 25, and next is Woody Guthrie at 16. Chuck Berry, lead-off hitter for Steven Spielberg’s Universe, has 10 homers and 20 steals to go with his league-leading .380 mark. William Yeats of the struggling Berlin Pistols not only leads the league in homers, he has a nice .307 batting average. Will he get the MVP? Or will it go to a player whose team wins a title?

Chuck Berry .380
Anne Bradstreet .372
Tennyson .355
Dickens .354
Rupert Brooke .351
Jack Gilbert .345
John Lennon .340
Alexandre Dumas .338
Aristophanes .335
Li Po .334
DH Lawrence .333
Philip Larkin .332
Vikram Seth .332
Rudyard Kipling .322
John Betjeman .321
Mary Shelley .320
Noel Coward .320
Derek Walcott .319
Seamus Heaney .316
Sarah Teasdale .315

EMPEROR

Broadcasters Mick Jagger .308, Sappho .303, Bobby Burns .299, Rilke .286, Bukowski .270, Anne Sexton .268, Jim Morrison .255, Gregory Corso .227
Codes Derek Walcott .319, Racine .311, Callimachus .310, Victor Hugo .280, WH Auden .279, Villon .240, Soyinka .233, Tati-Loutard .230
Crusaders Anne Bradstreet .372, Mary Angela Douglas .300, Saint Ephrem .296, Hilaire Belloc .280, Gerard Manley Hopkins .278, Joyce Kilmer .260, Aeschylus .252, Phillis Wheatley .249, Countee Cullen .239
Goths Heinrich Heine .295, Catullus .294, George Herbert .288, Ronsard .271, Tasso .266, Sophocles .263, Novalis .258, Robert Herrick .255, Madame de Stael .211
Ceilings Euripides .310, Petrarch .307, William Blake .302, Michelangelo .301, Edmund Spenser .250, Ferdowsi .248, Luis de Camoens .244, Tulsidas .243

GLORIOUS

Pistols DH Lawrence .333, Carl Jung .310, Yeats .307, James Joyce .290, Ford Maddox Ford .260, Ted Hughes .255, Gertrude Stein .222, Aleister Crowley .211
Carriages Tennyson .355, Philip Larkin .332, Longfellow .289, Paul McCartney .266, Robert Browning .265, Elizabeth Barrett .262, Sylvia Plath .251, Geoffrey Hill .233
Banners Thomas Moore .289, Christina Rossetti .281, DG Rossetti .279, John Keats .278, Ben Mazer .273, Guido Cavalcanti .270, Stefan George .269, Friedrich Schiller .250, Glyn Maxwell .247
Sun Rudyard Kipling .322, Wordsworth .295, John Davies .278, Matthew Arnold .275, Horace Walpole .266, Margaret Fuller .263, Basil Bunting .262, Robert Southey .260
Laureates Charles Dickens .354, Alexandre Dumas .338, Sarah Teasdale .315, Oliver Goldsmith .277, Aphra Behn .260, Gahlib .258, Pasternak .244, JK Rowling .230

SOCIETY

Actors Hafiz .297, Langston Hughes .288, John Skelton .283, Thomas Nashe .263, Amiri Baraka .248, Marilyn Hacker .243, Gwendolyn Brooks .240, Audre Lorde .212
Strangers Mary Shelley .320, Paul Verlaine .290, Rimbaud .271, Rabelais .266, Fernando Pessoa .255, Roethke .233, Laura Riding .224, Weldon Kees .202
Animals Seamus Heaney .316, Wallace Stevens .301, Marianne Moore .255, Jack Spicer .244, Edward Lear .242, Mary Oliver .237, Robinson Jeffers .229, Lawrence Ferlinghetti .217
War Rupert Brooke .351, Philip Sidney .305, Keith Douglas .271, Stephen Crane .247, Harry Crosby .233, Apollinaire .231, James Dickey .227, Howard Nemerov .218
Secrets Carl Sandburg .298, Cole Porter .295, Robert Frost .277, Emily Dickinson .275, Nathaniel Hawthorne .274, Paul Simon .268, Kanye West .265, Woody Guthrie .264

PEOPLES

Cobras Vikram Seth .332, Allen Ginsberg .313, Samar Sen .288, Jadoo Akhtar .284, George Harrison .280, Gajanan Muktibodh .278, Anand Thakore .271, Jeet Thayil .259
Mist John Lennon .340, Robert Duncan .292, Richard Brautigan .279, Sadakichi Hartmann .277, Gary Snyder .264, Yoko Ono .263, Hilda Doolittle .253, Cid Corman .211
Waves Li Po .334, Tu Fu .311, Karl Marx .254, Bertolt Brecht .251, Li He .248, Pablo Neruda .237, Ho Chi-Fang .233, Billie Holiday .231
Laws Jane Kenyon .300, Gottfried Burger .295, Martial .291, John Donne Thomas Hardy .286, Anna Akhmatova .281, Donald Hall .244, Antonio Machado .242
Gamers John Betjeman .321, Noel Coward .320, Billy Collins .279, Eugene Ionesco .276, Thomas Hood .272, Tristan Tzara .268, Ogden Nash .265, Joe Green .261

MODERN

Dreamers Jack Gilbert .345, Richard Lovelace .306, Carolyn Forche .281, Edna Millay .280, Sharon Olds .277, Louis MacNeice .270, Louise Bogan .260, Muriel Rukeyser .232
Printers Aristophanes .335, James Merrill .302, John Updike .291, John Ashbery .284, Garcia Lorca .270, Andre Breton .245, Hart Crane .238, Kenneth Koch .237
Buyers Jack Kerouac .309, Duke Ellington .301, Elizabeth Bishop .282, Dylan Thomas .256, Robert Penn Warren .249, Robert Lowell .248, Kenneth Rexroth .241, Edgar Lee Masters .240
Crash Allen Tate .311, Stanley Kunitz .278, Archilochus .271, John Gould Fletcher .265, Stephen Spender .251, WC Williams .247, Richard Howard .245, Donald Davidson .209
Universe Chuck Berry .380, Maya Angelou .310, Juvenal .255, Bob Dylan .252, Delmore Schwartz .249, Paul Celan .248, Phillip Levine .231, Anthony Hecht .230

STOLEN BASES

Sarah Teasdale is having a quietly phenomenal year for the Dublin Laureates; she has 20 homers and a .315 batting average to go with her 30 steals. The New York War has stolen the most bases as a team. Gerard Manley Hopkins has been a demon on the base baths for the Madrid Crusaders, who hope to upset the Ceilings in the ancient and talented Emperor Division.

Gerard Manley Hopkins, Crusaders 40
Rupert Brooke, War 36
Nathaniel Hawthorne, Secrets 34
Ben Mazer, Banners 34
Richard Brautigan, Mist 31
Sarah Teasdale, Laureates 30
Catullus, Goths 30
William Blake, Ceilings 28
Samar Sen, Cobras 27
John Skelton, Actors 25
Mary Shelley, Strangers 24
Li He, Waves 24
Robert Southey, Sun 23
DH Lawrence, Pistols 23
Carolyn Forche, Dreamers 22
Noel Coward, Gamers 21
Chuck Berry, Universe 20
Jack Kerouac, Buyers 20
Gottfried Burger, Laws 20
Keith Douglas, War 20
Langston Hughes, Actors 20
Heinrich Heine, Goths 20
Mick Jagger, Broadcasters 20
Jean Racine, Codes 20
Hafiz, Actors 19
Martial, Laws 19
Richard Lovelace, Dreamers 19
Elizabeth Bishop, Buyers 18
John Keats, Banners 17
Fernando Pessoa, Strangers 17
Stanley Kunitz, Crash 17
Philip Sidney, War 16
John Ashbery, Printers 16
Jack Spicer, Animals 16
Robert Duncan, Mist 16

WALKS

Isn’t it odd, that William Wordsworth and Robert Frost—who loved to reflectively ramble all over England/New England, and beyond, making a good walk central to their poems—should lead the league in bases-on-balls?

Wordsworth 105
Robert Frost 94
Sharon Olds 82
Gerard Manley Hopkins 77
Nathaniel Hawthorne 72
Ben Mazer 70
Victor Hugo 69
WB Yeats 68
Robert Southey 67
Richard Brautigan 65
WH Auden 64
Anne Bradstreet 63
Aristophanes 62
Sophocles 60
Henry Longfellow 59
Friedrich Schiller 58
Charles Dickens 55
Theodore Roethke 54
John Donne 52
Dylan Thomas 50
Fernando Pessoa 49
Jack Spicer 49

PITCHING

John Ruskin, a spot starter, accumulated just enough innings to qualify for the ERA title. He has 8 wins. He filled in for JS Mill of the woeful Sun in the Glorious division, and Ruskin, who doesn’t throw particularly hard, tossed an uncanny 4 straight 1-0 shutouts. Will we ever see anything like that, again? The Boston Secrets, who have the best record in the league, have 2 pitchers, Plato and Pushkin, in the top 6. Jonathan Swift (22-3) has been a force for the surprise Laureates, and Friedrich Handel (19-5) has been almost as impressive for the surprise Crusaders. Shelley (Florence Banners) has thrown 7 seven shutouts to lead everyone in that category, and Amy Lowell has shocked the world by going 21-5 with a 2.74 ERA and 4 shutouts for the Animals. Rumi (19-9) has emerged as the ace/savior for the Kolkata Cobras—who are in a desperate fight for the Peoples Division crown with the Beijing Waves—Voltaire has put together a good season for Chairman Mao’s club: 17-12 with two shutouts. It’s a long season; Voltaire was 1-3 in April and missed a game because of soreness in his left leg. John Crowe Ransom of the Crash was 0-4, and hurt, and didn’t win his first game until the middle of May; now he’s 15-11 with 3 shutouts and 249 strikeouts. John’s teammate John Dewey is 18-11 with 4 shutouts; Dewey suffered a stretch in May and June where he was 1-7 with 3 no decisions, as the Philadelphia Crash lost 5 times by one run. Many a pitcher in this league has respectable 15-17 win seasons, who could have given up when tough losses were piling up. Then there are pitchers like Plato, who always seem to have it easy: 23 wins, a 2.26 ERA, and a league-leading 349 strikeouts. But the next season is about to begin—the 2020 Scarriet playoffs.  And anything can happen. A bad hop grounder might break your heart. So let’s take a pause, and admire these stats, which hide a lot of blood, sweat, and tears.

Plato 23-7 2.26 5 Shutouts 349 K
Swift 22-3 2.77 2 SO 185 K
Shelley 22-8 2.67 7 SO 341 K
Amy Lowell 21-5 2.74 4 SO 239 K
Handel 19-5 2.44 6 SO 265 K
Rumi 19-9 3.40 3 SO 175 K
Pushkin 18-4 3.58 5 SO 318 K
Ovid 18-10 3.63 6 SO 325 K
Chateaubriand 18-11 2.90 4 SO 259 K
Dewey 18-11 3.44 4 SO 260 K
Milton 17-10 2.42 6 SO 315 K
Wilde 17-10 2.78 6 SO 310 K
Remarque 17-11 3.02 4 SO 242 K
Virgil 17-11 3.11 4 SO 260 K
Voltaire 17-12 3.70 2 SO 175 K
Gandhi 17-14 4.88 3 SO 99 K
Homer 16-7 3.37 3 SO 194 K
Lao Tzu 16-11 2.98 4 SO 255 K
Marvell 16-11 3.07 5 SO 271 K
Hegel 16-11 3.41 4 SO  170 K
Nin 16-15 3.99 1 SO 185 K
Ransom 15-11 3.41 3 SO 249 K
Lucretius 15-15 4.53 2 SO 168 K
Bacon 15-16 3.41 4 SO 241 K
Shakespeare 14-9 4.01 2 SO 214 K
Chaucer 14-10 3.24 6 SO 292 K
Verne 14-10 3.32 1 SO 113 K
Ariosto 14-11 3.03 4 SO 155 K
Pope 14-11 4.05 4 SO 235 K
Goethe 14-12 2.81 2 SO 281 K
Engle 14-12 3.10 1 SO 199 K
Twain 14-12 3.18 1 SO 220 K
Aristotle 14-12 3.33 3 SO 239 K
Dante 14-12 3.41 1 SO 210 K
Tagore 14-13 2.79 2 SO 148 K
Carroll 14-13 3.02 5 SO 281 K
TS Eliot 14-14 3.20 5 SO 260 K
Freud 14-15 3.69 5 SO 288 K
Horace 14-15 4.29 0 SO 176 K
Beethoven 13-5 2.18 3 SO 200 K
RL Stevenson 13-5 3.78 1 SO 89 K
Dryden 13-10 2.55 4 SO 225 K
Poe 13-10 3.19 4 SO 290 K
Hesse 13-12 2.91 3 SO 184 K
Stowe 13-13 2.79 5 SO 298 K
Huxley 13-13 3.44 0 SO 140 K
Moliere 13-13 4.36 2 SO 211 K
Virginia Woolf 13-14 2.99 1 SO 112 K
Atwood 13-14 5.01 0 SO 133 K
Hazlitt 13-16 4.09 3 SO 144 K
Whitman 13-15 2.97 2 SO 232 K
Rousseau 13-15 4.11 3 SO 189 K
Issa 13-17 3.84 1 SO 132 K
Ruskin 8-3 1.44 4 SO 95 K

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THE PHILOSOPHY OF MY LOVE

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The philosophy of my love
Cannot be used when I love.
It is the manner of all lovers
To leave behind philosophy,
To forget all learning, and when
They are most angry, kiss.
Still, I thought to use my philosophy
To gain advantage where no one knows.
She, however, knowing my thoughts,
And knowing my thoughts were mine,
Withheld, at the last moment, her soul;
Her anger lost the edge of its love.
I continue though, with my philosophy,
Though I lost her, whom I hold most dear.
It is a strong philosophy. You can read about it here.

 

 

PITCHING, PITCHING, PITCHING. SEPTEMBER DIVISION RACES

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Rally for the Beijing Waves—Mao’s team is tied for first in the Peoples Division with 10 games to go.

MODERN DIVISION—UNIVERSE HAS THE EDGE!

Universe 77 67  Manager Billy Beane Harriet Beecher Stowe and mid-season additions MLK Jr and Raymond Carver lead Spielberg’s club into first.
Buyers    73 71  Manager Charles Darwin The solid pitching of Twain, Freud, and Whitman stumbles, Paul Engle out, as Rockefeller’s team tumbles into second.
Crash     72 72   Manager Paul Cezanne Another losing streak from ace John Crowe Ranson; John Dewey digs deep and keeps Philadelphia and owner A.C. Barnes alive.
Printers  68 76  Manager Brian Epstein Warhol’s club did not have a reliable closer; Rothko, terrible, Marjorie Perloff fine, late addition Hans Holbein the Younger dominates, but is not enough.
Dreamers 67 77  Manager Averell Harriman Mid-season additions Jane Austen and Mary Wollstonecraft lift Pamela Harriman’s team, but mainstay Margaret Atwood never found her groove.

PEOPLES DIVISION—A FOUR TEAM RACE TO THE END!

Cobras 76 68 Manager Rupi Kaur Hermann Hesse and Rumi keep Satyajit Ray’s team in it, as Tagore and Gandhi falter; Kabir Das rebounds in relief.
Waves  76 68 Manager Jack Dorsey Voltaire and Rousseau finally start to win for Mao’s team, Confucius solid in bullpen; Lao Tzu and Lucretius slumping.
Gamers  75 69  Manager Bob Hope Merv Griffin’s club climbed from last to first, adding Charlie Chaplin, Woody Allen, and Muhammad Ali. Lewis Carroll and Democritus will be key.
Laws 73 71 Manager Moshe Rabbenu Dick Wolf’s team briefly alone in first as Aristotle no-hit Gamers, Horace won 4 straight, Saussure brilliant in relief, but suddenly Santa Barbara lost 11 straight.
Mist  58 86 Manager Eiji Yoshikawa Movie icon Kurosawa’s club most inconsistent in league. Recently played spoiler against the Laws, sweeping them in Tokyo. Haiku aces Basho and Issa big disappointments.

SOCIETY DIVISION—BOSTON SECRETS CLINCH DIVISION!

Secrets 91 53 Manager George Washington The pitching of Plato (23-7), Pushkin (18-4), and Poe (13-9) with great bullpen overpowers division as Benjamin Franklin’s team, with best record in league, romps.
Animals  77 67 Manager Walt Disney Ovid (18 wins, a no-hitter) proves himself a real ace, but no one knew Amy Lowell (21-4) would pitch like this. A.A. Milne solid in bullpen, poor season for Melville.
War  72 72 Manager Niccolo Machiavelli Jack London helped JP Morgan’s bullpen; Remarque, Walter Scott are horses, Hume, big disappointment, Shakespeare pitched hurt, now out for season.
Actors 61 83 Manager Johnny Depp Relief pitching of Sade and Gide a disaster—made aces Byron, Chaucer look worse than they were. Rumors are manager Johnny Depp drinking heavily.
Strangers  61 83 Manager Bram Stoker Kafka replacing Camus good move, but too little, too late; Lovecraft and Shirley Jackson ineffective in relief; Pope and Nietzsche out-dueled too many times.

GLORIOUS DIVISION—LAUREATES PULLING AWAY FROM BANNERS!

Laureates 87 57 Manager Ronald Reagan Jonathan Swift is 22-3, Livy has 12 wins in relief, and Robert Louis Stevenson has won 13 since replacing Thomas Peacock in June for Dublin. Second best record in league!
Banners  81 63  Manager Desiderius Erasmus Lorenzo de Medici’s team has no weaknesses, led by Shelley’s work on the mound. But Virgil missed a month in mid-season; Dante, da Vinci lack run support.
Carriages  70 74 Manager Prince Albert Andrew Marvell was 12-3, but 4-9 since; flashes of brilliance by Virginia Woolf, Hazlitt, Henry James, and Descartes (relief ace) has not been enough.
Sun   63 81 Manager Winston Churchill Ralph Emerson and Thomas Carlyle have lost too many games. Huxley and JS Mill, too. Ruskin, starter/reliever, brilliant at times, Bert Russell reliable in the pen.
Pistols 60 84 Manager Randolph Churchill Wagner gradually became Berlin’s bullpen ace; no. 4 starter position—Pound, and 3 replacements, not effective. TS Eliot great since May (0-5 in April), Santayana, William James, not.

EMPEROR DIVISION—CEILINGS AND CRUSADERS VIE FOR THE CROWN!

Ceilings 79 65 Manager Cardinal Richelieu The pitching of Milton (17-10), Dryden (5-0 since Aug 20), Ariosto (14-11) and Bach (10 wins in relief) might be enough for Rome.
Crusaders 77 67 Manager Miguel de Cervantes Beethoven has 13 wins since joining Madrid in June; Handel has won 19; Aquinas managed 10 wins before injury in August. Scarlatti added.
Goths 73 71 Manager Arthur Schopenhauer Since their successful home stand in July, Paris has lost 20 of 33; Goethe is 1-4 with 5.10 ERA in recent slide; only Wilde (15 wins since June 1) has kept them alive.
Codes 72 72 Manager Alexander the Great  Homer and Hegel have each won 16 for Napoleon; Cicero, Hesiod, Balzac have struggled; Kant, 12 wins in relief; Tolstoy added to bullpen; hard to believe they’re only a .500 team.
Broadcasters 63 81 Manager Tiberius Claudius Hard-throwing George Orwell, reliever/spot starter, is 12-10, Coleridge is 11-7, but Valery and Hitchcock in ‘pen, starters Leopardi, Nabokov, Lacan, and Ben Johnson, subpar.

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Scarriet Poetry Baseball reporting

I’M AFRAID

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I’m afraid my poetry will be too fearful
And will be laughed at by those who love
A smash and a laugh.
I fear my fear is not sincere enough
For those who are fearful and want to love.
I fear my fears are nothing
But self-indulgent crap
In a poem that deserves to be smashed
And ridiculed. But how pathetic when a poet
Makes a martyr of his poem—nothing is more
Pathetic and self-indulgent.
Idiot. You have a reason to be afraid.

 

THE MOON KEEPS SHOWING UP

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The moon keeps showing up
Like a scholar of ancient music.
A theme uniting Renaissance and Baroque
Is more ubiquitous than we think, she thinks.
The moon shows up often
When obscure poets are discussed: Mandelbaum or Oppen.
A window is considered smart when it displays the moon.
The sun exists in cracks and holes, like Bach.
You notice things daily and keep meaning
To make those things a film.
The moon keeps showing up
To remind us: I’m not good, My crush doesn’t like me,
The crowded room doesn’t know me, I don’t know math.
The sun has a chance to be like the moon,
To have that bold, strange fame, deep and obscure,
Like a poem still trying to catch up to its theme.
On a sunny day you can still be sad.
Creativity? Only pragmatic tenacity will do.
Here’s the moon.  The rest of you can go screw.

 

WE CAN SO EASILY BE INSULTED

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We can so easily be insulted
That when we laugh, and don’t care,
It doesn’t matter. Later, we will still wonder
Whether we’ve been insulted.
We can be insulted if we feel
Someone else has been insulted
Even in the slightest way.
Insults do attempt to cancel each other out
In a huge way. No way. That doesn’t work!
You will always feel you’ve been insulted,
Even with praise, a smile, a hug,
A touch which someone else observes,
And then finds out someone else knew,
And told. The millionth of a second
Rolling of the eyes has ended love.
We can so easily be insulted
We’ll mangle kin and go over
To the insulting just to be insulting,
And the pleasure finally is to insult and laugh
And insult and laugh. Or, better,
You don’t say anything for the rest of your life.

 

MOVIES AND SONGS DO NOT CONTINUE

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Movies and songs do not continue
But life does.
Compared to you, Rosalinda,
Entertainment never was.
Dreams can bring awkward feelings
And actors’ emotions can make it seem
The vivid imagery of a movie,
Or its strange story,
Is more than a dream.
The face of a movie star
Will mean more than your own
When life merely repeats
And you are completely alone.
But movies and songs do not continue
No matter how much the industry
Makes sure they do.
When this poem ends
Can I talk to you?
Movies and songs do not continue
And this is because
For a moment we think art can change life.
But it never does.

 

ACCORDING TO OUR MEMORY

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According to our memory, everyone is dead.
Do you know how many deaths live inside your head?
It doesn’t take long to forget
Who someone is when we get upset.
We no longer remember
The good things about each other.
Is that you? Are you the one I knew,
Back when I was younger, and you were twenty-two?
Is that you, who I kissed years ago?
You no longer love me, so you wouldn’t know.
And what do I know? You once held me
With arms that died in nineteen sixty-three.
You had arms, slender as arrows—
You led me into the part of you
Which narrows and narrows.
I looked in your eyes when you did this.
That was some kiss.
But this is not you anymore—
You call behind you as you open the door.
Everyone is dead who I knew,
Everyone living.  Especially you.

 

 

FOR MARIA

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Maria, if life is fragile, illusory,
And devoid of meaning,
So that even “Maria” is only a word,
Remember death is also meaningless
And just as absurd.

Maria, this thought
Will make you less afraid
Of every previous thought—
Death looking around
At the gathering shade—
So everything you sought,
In sadness, is the reverse
Of what it doesn’t know,
Its empty purse
Real only by its empty cry
Which cannot live, cannot know, and also cannot die.

Helpless death, Maria, terrified
Your helplessness—you were helpless twins,
And yet you tried
To make death a king—
Not understanding life forever wins,
In one existence, which is everything.

 

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Unable to intimately love.
Afraid to fight and shove.
Many have settled for this:
The abstract warmth of politics.
Gather yourself into blocks
Which vote. I rooted for the Red Sox—
And my family grew.
That was nice, compared to the loneliness
Of soul and love and thought and you.

 

 

 

 

EVERYTHING LIFTS

Morning Mist in the Bay Painting by Karen Ann

Everything dies:
Not only dreams of dreams
And you and me,
But love in the blood,
And its ally, gravity.

Why don’t we dive
To the bottom of the sea?
This is where the mist begins
Before it disperses breezily.

Everything lifts,
Every sorrow and weight.
The mist is lifting
From the lowly and the great.

You can see the mist,
Standing as still
Around the white boats
As it does on the hill.

We can see the mist
Aspiring to move
If we wait. We won’t see it move
If we love.

Everything lifts:
Fever, clouds, the morning mist
From off the sea.
The soul of your love
Has lifted, and yet it stays with me.

 

 

SHE HAS INFINITE BEAUTY

She has infinite beauty, but how will it be caught?

Will it be found in the places it is sought?

No, those are pictures. Any painter might be taught

To paint the past. But look how her beauty fought

To leave less beautiful moments in the past.

It abandons them. It leaves them so infinite beauty can last.

She was beautiful then. The first part

Of the infinite. Tomorrow she breaks your heart.

You study each aspect of her beauty to see

All of her, until you love not only her, but the infinite, infinitely.

IF THERE WERE NOT SO MUCH POETRY

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If there were not so much poetry

In people, just the way they are,

In melodies, creeping along in the dark,

In moon rises. Or there. That small star.

If there were not so much poetry,

Here, in these tangled, weedy flowers off the trail,

In the smell of sea crashing into sea,

In silences. In wondering why our romances fail.

If there were not so much poetry in things not poetry,

I might just be the poet king

Simply by writing this.

Poetry could actually be this thing.

 

 

 

 

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