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Time is an army you must defeat,
Covering the hills, murderous and vast,
It is marching in millions to meet
You in this gap between the present and the past.
How little your resources! On the train,
Close your eyes, think of yesterday in your brain,
Find a poem to recite,
Think of a beautiful scene at night.
How long is the train ride? A half an hour?
Time owns all time, and time is the flower.
Time created every thing you know,
Including you, and Time being time, now it’s time to go.
But don’t panic yet. There are days, parts of days
Where maybe you can think of something.
She might be getting bored. Think. You cannot kiss her on the train.
Close your eyes and think of your little brain.
If you think of nothing, you know how long the ride is.
Make her happy on the ride. Time will not wait for this.
Time will invade, will invade
The woods, the wilderness, the stone wall, the brook,
Time will engage your limited brain. Quotations from a book
Will not save you. There is nothing holding time back,
And every moment registers the long, mundane, attack.
What are you doing now? Are you smiling, babbling?
Staring, trying to look manly? The trick
Is to make her fall in love with you, make her sick
In love with you, just by being yourself (whatever that means),
But time will fill the air
With empty troops, empty, empty,
Until her brain no longer finds you there.
Time has made itself very small. A small cough.
Here’s the station. Get off.


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Don’t take her that way.

When misunderstanding ripped her from my arms,

She who satisfied me because she was continually beautiful,

A statue more beautiful than any specimen in a museum,

A painting curated by highest consensus, beauty and sensitivity

All agreeing on the aesthetic pleasure there,

Colors mixed by music, architecture awarding the prize—do you see her beautiful hair?

It was painful, to lose her to error.

She didn’t say much when she left. But listen to what I say.

Her beauty was beautiful. I can’t describe

How she taught me to think. I paid attention to her, not the tribe.

To lose her beauty through a mistake, or because I was too clever,

A horror to lose her by a mistake, a horror.

But if you take her that way, I will lose her forever.

Don’t take her away, through old age,

When I don’t recognize her, because her skin and hair

Collapse, and I don’t know her. I beg you. I’m on my knees.

Don’t make her ugly. Don’t take her that way, please.



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A poem is a pun that isn’t funny.
A poet is having fun with you;
A poet is a salesman who doesn’t take your money.
Kisses are money; that’s what he tried
To get from you—when you read his poem, and cried.

But you are a scholar of poetry,
As well-read as you are beautiful,
And you are sly, especially.
You knew what his poem was doing, as you cried.
You hate him for his poem, but much, much more, because he tried.


A brief overview of Mary Magdalene in early Renaissance Art 1500s

When a woman makes that decision to win you,
It’s always because she’s been hurt by somebody else.
Are you saying her motivation—so wait,
This the great secret, which makes all men sad, that she keeps to herself?
It hurts my heart to think what looks like love is hate.
And worse, if you love her, and work at earning her trust,
She, knowing the truth, gradually feels disgust
That you were so easily tricked. This web
Never ends. The hate that looks like love
Traps you forever. And when she is gone,
Your heartbreak becomes her new reason
To love another. But what if she never loved anyone before?
What if I am the first? She still hates you, and this is why:
Every woman ponders this in her soul eternally:
To love you, she betrayed the one we all must love.
She took revenge on God—the only one we all adore.


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There is poetry here among us—

Which I never had the ability to speak.

A strength of seeing I lacked?

Or hearing. Enthusiasm.

Or maybe I was entirely weak.

I was weak, and took to the shade,

And the most amazing poems were made.

There was a poetry

In my mind, but a poetry which never spoke.

To cities dressed in gray, with souls the color of smoke,

From a shady distance, I was attached, nonetheless;

I saw the world was sad. I felt the world’s stress.

Smoke hung like buildings in the distance;

The grey resembled the purple; and smoke,

Purple-grey and grey, whispered;

The mumbling shyness almost spoke—

And words, written out, in a dream,

Came to me in a silent, solemn dream.

Solemn the thoughts, and solemn the words,

A perfect solemnity,

When trees resemble distant cities,

And trees are crowned with birds.

The impossible things I spoke!

I fell into the deep shade. I wrote poems;

Poetry is only a joke!

Solemn trees stood out on the plains,

Resembling smoke flowing upwards in the wind,

Smoke pouring into the wind-lanes assigned by the air,

Smoke disappearing in the distance, grey smoke that was almost there.

There is poetry here among us—but the poem doesn’t care.


July - Maurice Denis as art print or hand painted oil.


Do we have an existence beyond what we do?
Let us say at this moment I kiss you,
What am I, except the kiss I experience with you,
And if whispers of those who discover what we do
Cause us harm, fear of this defines me and you.
A thing is only a thing because of what we do.
This poem is a thing, a thing similar to you.
This is a poem because of what we do.
What am I doing in this poem, as I think about you?
If I have an existence beyond what I do,
Is a thing I consider—a thing as real to me as you.
See how one’s thoughts go on and on?
God. All we did was kiss on the lawn.



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Sara Teasdale, lead off hitter for the Dublin Laureates



Robert Louis Stevenson pitches a little bit better than Harriet Beecher Stowe as the Laureates edge the Universe 6-5 in Game 3 to take a 3-0 series lead. Stevenson was hammered in his only other start in the post-season, 17-1, by Merv Griffin’s LA Gamers. Stowe came into the game with a 3-1 playoff record. The Universe took a 3-0 lead, as Stevenson surrendered 3 solo home runs in the first three innings to Delmore Schwartz, Anthony Hecht and Philip Levine. The Laureates climbed back into it, by playing small ball. In the fourth inning, Sara Teasdale walked, stole second, went to third, as catcher Maya Angelou’s throw went into center field, and scored on Mirza Ghalib’s sacrifice fly. In the fifth, Teasdale walked again, was caught in a run down trying to steal second, but made it all the way home when second baseman Bob Dylan’s throw went into left field. In the sixth, the Laureates’ JK Rowling bunted her way on, went to second when Stevenson’s slapped grounder happened to hit the third base bag, and both scored on a two base error—a dropped fly by Juvenal. The Laureates now led 4-3, but the sixth inning wasn’t over. Teasdale walked, and with two outs, no one having hit the ball hard against Beecher Stowe yet, Charles Dickens hit a long home run. With the Laureates now up 6-3, and their pitcher Stevenson having retired 12 straight, James Wright singled with one out in the seventh for the Universe. Delmore Schwartz then hit the next pitch for a home run (his second of the game and fifth of the post-season!) to make it 6-5, and that’s how it stayed, as Stevenson handed the ball off to Leigh Hunt, Edmund Burke and Livy, who got the final out, Delmore Schwartz on a swinging strike three.


The Dublin Laureates, owned by Nahum Tate, sweep Steven Spielberg’s Phoenix Universe, four games to zero, to win the 2020 Scarriet Poetry Baseball championship. Trailing 6-5 entering the top of the ninth, the Laureates scored five runs off closer Jean Cocteau, who yielded his first runs of the playoffs. Henrik Ibsen, Delmore Schwartz, and the Universe’s starting pitcher, Raymond Carver, homered against the Laureates’ Samuel Johnson to give the Universe a 5-0 lead. Dana Gioia relieved Johnson and allowed a home run to Juvenal as the Universe lead grew to 6-0. J.D Salinger, the fourth pitcher for the Laureates, shut out the Universe for the final three innings, fanning six, and picked up the win. Sara Teasdale began the scoring for the Laureates in the sixth against Carver, when she singled in JK Rowling. Oliver Goldsmith then tripled in Teasdale and scored when Alexandre Dumas reached on an error. Dickens doubled in Dumas; Aphra Behn then doubled, to score Dickens, chasing Carver, and making the score 6-5. Gore Vidal, Oliver Sacks, and Harold Bloom of the Universe kept the Laureates from scoring through eight, as the Universe held onto a 6-5 lead. Jean Cocteau, who had been invincible for the Universe, started the ninth by walking Dumas and allowing an infield hit to Dickens. Aphra Behn then doubled off the wall to drive in two, as the Laureates now took the lead for good, 7-6. Dublin added three more runs in that fateful ninth, capped by a run scoring double by Sara Teasdale, as the Laureates prevailed, 10-6, to sweep the World Series.

Nahum Tate, 17th century poet and owner of the Dublin Laureates, known for writing and producing King Lear with a happy ending, gradually became the story of the season, as ridicule turned to respect, with his team’s increasing success—led by the pitching of Jonathan Swift and the hitting of Aphra Behn. The story of the Dublin Laureates finally eclipsed others—One, the collapse of Ezra Pound and the Berlin Pistols in the Glorious Division, (the Laureates winning the Glorious Division by a hair over the Florence Banners, led by Dante and Keats.) Two, Merv Griffin’s “Light Verse” Los Angeles Gamers winning the Peoples Division in a 3 team race by one game over the Kolkata Cobras with a pitching staff led by Tagore, Rumi, and Gandhi, and Chairman Mao’s Bejing Waves, managed by Jack Dorsey, and their starting crew of Voltaire, Lao Tzu, Lucretius and Rousseau. Three, Ben Franklin’s Boston Secrets (“America’s Team”) with the dominating Plato (25 wins) crushing the Society Division with a league-leading 95 wins (eliminated by the Wild Card Banners in the playoffs). Four, the Madrid Crusaders, and their “religious” team finishing first in the Emperor Division, with help from Handel, Beethoven and Mozart, over the Rome Ceilings of Milton, Michelangelo, Petrarch, and William Blake. And finally, the Phoenix Universe winning the Modern Division over John D. Rockefeller’s Chicago Buyers—who stuck with the team they had all year, including a pitching staff of Whitman, Twain, Sigmund Freud, and Paul Engle, while Steven Spielberg opened the bank to add players like Martin Luther King Jr. mid-season.

Congratulations to the Dublin Laureates!!
Champions, Glorious Division 91-63
World Series Champions, Playoff Record 8-2
Manager, Ronald Reagan
Motto “Luck is bestowed even on those who don’t have hands” –Mirza Ghalib

2020’s Starting Line up
1. Sara Teasdale 2b
2. Oliver Goldsmith cf
3. Alexandre Dumas lf
4. Charles Dickens 1b
5. Aphra Behn rf
6. Mirza Ghalib 3b
7. Boris Pasternak c
8. JK Rowling ss
9. Jonathan Swift, Blaise Pascal, Robert Louis Stevenson, Samuel Johnson, Edmund Burke, J.D. Salinger, Livy p


Ronald Reagan, in the champagne-soaked club house, after game 4, hugged by Teasdale and Ghalib,”What’s wrong with happy endings, again?”


rebirth/renaissance Painting by Claire Mcinnerny | Artmajeur

Yes, she will go in.
Yes, she will go on.
She’ll lose the child’s face she had.
Everything moves on,
Though it wants to stay.
Isn’t it terribly, terribly sad
How all of them, finally, must obey?
The dog on the leash bows its head.
His walk has ended.
Forget where those dreams and smells have been.
The door yawns.
He must go in.
Everyone must say goodbye,
And smile, because they know
Knowing can never, never cry.
We must go on.
Farewell, tree, and childhood, and lawn.
Though some, we see, seem glad,
Because, by some miracle,
They retain a child’s energy,
Primitive and beautiful—
And they never go in
To practice, for hours, the violin—
They, too, are sad, though impish and wild.
Nothing in the world preserves the child.
Isn’t it sad, how we must obey?
The dark landscape protested.
But now, in this hour, it is grey.


Wedding at Cana

If the poet didn’t tell you everything,
It is because so much work was already done
With light, and how the light affects the darkness,
So I merely needed to mention the sun,
And everything everyone borrowed for their labor

Flowed into this easy symbol of mine,
Changing water and words into poetry and wine.
What I left carelessly for you,
Invoked things you forgot you knew.
You worked, you slaved, and still, everything died.
I didn’t have to do anything, but think
You would—and you cried.


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Laureates’ John Trowbridge homers 3 times in the first 2 games


Jonathan Swift shuts out the Universe in Game One. Allowing only two hits, walking one, and striking out 17, Swift, who was 22-5 during the regular season, wins his second game of the playoffs. The LA Gamers beat Swift in LA, 2-0 behind Lewis Carroll, despite Swift’s 18 strikeouts. John Townsend Trowbridge provided all the offense Swift would need when he homered in the second inning, off Lucian Freud, giving Dublin a 1-0 lead. Freud struck out six and walked none, turning in a solid performance, but he was burned again, by a Trowbridge home run in the 8th, this time a two run blast with Mirza Ghalib aboard. Bob Dylan, who doubled in the seventh, was the only player to reach second base for the Universe.


Blaise Pascal fans 13 and goes the distance, as the Laureates go up 2 games to none, in Dublin, against the Phoenix Universe. Martin Luther King Jr took the loss, as Dublin’s John Townsend Trowbridge hit his third homer in two games in the fourth inning with two aboard, to give the Laureates a 3-0 lead. The Universe made it 3-2 in the fifth when Chuck Berry and Henrik Ibsen singled and Bob Dylan doubled them in. But Pascal then fanned Juvenal and Paul Celan to end the inning. Aphra Behn added an insurance run when she homered against King in the seventh. The series moves to Phoenix for Game Three as Harriet Beecher Stowe will be called on to stop the Laureates. Robert Louis Stevenson will start for Dublin.


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When we think deeply
On anything, it vanishes—
So we rebuke ourselves
For being shallow—
But we fool ourselves—
The world is shallow.
It, and its reason are the same.
A wit needs no words.
A fool needs many.
Gold chases gold chases gold.
I bought the world for a penny.


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Just because it is hidden, it is not bad;
It is only in the shade, and the sun
Makes the shade; it doesn’t make the shade glad.
But inside the shade—which you fear—
Are good things. Be happy in the dark. Drink your beer;

Do good things in the darkness. Cheer
The activities which linger in the shade.
They were put there for you. You were made
With the same care that stabilizes the sun,
Uncannily immobile in the sky—
Resembling your own patient eye—
Steady and bright for everyone.
The eye needs shade,
Just as beauty needs the dark,
And impressionists marry romanticists
For renaissance depictions of thick trees in the park.
Your spotty flesh will disgust you at times,
But its heaviness belongs to the sunlight climes.


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What if the criminals and pessimists can see
Something I cannot?
And I am wrong to love sunlight and liberty?
What if death is not the perfect sleep,
And day hides more than night,
And in the face of what’s correct we can only weep?

What if agony is the end of love,
And torture is the soul of you?
And I find you only beautiful
If you are true?

Awful language. Would it be better to hide the grail
Than let these miserable thoughts and words wail
In a mockery
Of wisdom writing poetry for eternity?

What if this doubt is the real doubt,
Not only in secret, but when the public finds it out?

What if the atheist is right?
And there is no wonder, or truth, or light?


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Maya Angelou—her hit wins it for the Universe

The Universe defeats the Banners 10-6 in a wild game capped with a grand slam by Maya Angelou, as Phoenix advances to the World Series against the Dublin Laureates. Home plate umpire Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the starting pitcher for the Florence Banners, Dante Alighieri, were at odds from the start. Dante bitterly said after the game: “The honorable judge does not know the strike zone.” Dante likes to work the inside of the plate, and he plunks the occasional hitter. Dante put Bob Dylan on his back in the first inning. With Ruth Ginsburg calling inside pitches for balls, as the game progressed, Dante became increasingly livid. But his downfall came when he was on offense. First base umpire E.O. Wilson ejected Dante in the fifth inning, following a scuffle involving many players, including Angelou, the Universe’s catcher. Dante, as the base runner, became tangled up with Universe first baseman Anthony Hecht, as Dante tried to beat out a slow roller to the mound, the ball picked up by Universe starting pitcher Raymond Carver. Dante complained Hecht interfered with his base running, and Hecht objected just as vociferously that the opposite was true. “Why did they throw Dante out of the game, and not Hecht? They say Dante put his hands on [umpire] Wilson, but that’s not true,” Desiderius Erasmus told the press after the game, “but we accept the loss. We congratulate the Universe.” The hitting of Henrik Ibsen and Chuck Berry gave the Universe a 6-3 lead after five complete innings, but in the top of the sixth, Dante Gabriel Rossetti singled, Ben Mazer doubled him over to third, and Guido Cavalcanti homered to tie the game, 6-6. Marge Piercy relieved Carver for the Universe and kept the Banners in check, until she handed the ball over to Jean Cocteau, who earned the win—his third win of the playoffs, with a 0.00 ERA. Meanwhile, Giovanni Boccaccio, relief pitcher for the Banners, began the ninth inning, with the game tied, 6-6, and walked three straight hitters—Delmore Schwartz, Philip Levine, and Larry Levis. Desiderius Erasmus, the manager of the Banners, was thrown out of the game by home plate umpire Ginsburg as he disputed her calls. Pope Leo X, the pitching coach of the Banners, relieved Boccaccio and inserted Sandro Botticelli, who fanned Yusef Komunyakaa and Chuck Berry. With the crowd roaring, and the count 3-2, Maya Angelou advanced the Phoenix Universe into the World Series against the Dublin Laureates with a tremendous home run to left center field.


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Bob Dylan leads Universe to Game 4 victory


The Florence Banners again found themselves in the middle of controversy as Percy Shelley lost control of his temper, and round two game four, when calls did not go his way from home plate umpire Richard P. Feynman. “When an umpire takes away a portion of the strike zone which rightly belongs to the pitcher, he’s altering the outcome of the game in favor of the other team,” is how Shelley put it to the press after the Florence Banners lost to the Phoenix Universe. The home crowd in Italy came to see Shelley tie up the series, 2-2. Instead, a big home run late by Bob Dylan propelled the Universe to an 8-5 victory, and a commanding 3-1 lead in the series. The Banners knocked out the Universe starter, Lucian Freud early, as Christina Rossetti continued her exceptional hitting in the playoffs with a 3 run double in the third. Glyn Maxwell, the Banners back up catcher, homered after Thomas Moore doubled in the fourth, giving Florence a 5-0 lead. But Shelley began to question calls in the top of the fifth, as he walked three straight hitters. Henrik Ibsen then hit a ball off the wall to score two—and red hot Delmore Schwartz slammed another home run to tie the score. Czeslaw Milosz, Edward Said, Michel Foucault, and Jean Cocteau came out of the Phoenix bullpen to keep the Banners scoreless.


Virgil wins his 3rd playoff game in 3 starts as he out-duels Martin Luther King Jr 3-2, in Florence, keeping the Banners alive. King struck out 11 in the loss, while Virgil fanned 12, walking none. With the game tied at 2, Stefan George, the Banners catcher, picked up his second game winning hit of the series, homering down the left field line in the 8th. Virgil struggled a bit in the ninth as Chuck Berry singled, but Berry was thrown out trying to steal by George, and after Bob Dylan singled, Virgil struck out Juvenal on a high fastball for his third complete game win in the post-season. Christina Rossetti singled, went to the third on a bad pick off attempt, and then came home on Friedrich Schiller’s home run, as the Banners jumped off to a 2-0 lead in the first. Anthony Hecht took Virgil deep in the third, making it 2-1, and then singled in Paul Celan in the sixth to tie the score.


Leonardo da Vinci struck out 14 hitters as the series returns to Phoenix, as the Banners force a game 7, with a 5-1 victory over Harriet Beecher Stowe and Steven Spielberg’s Universe. da Vinci also homered and began a 1-4-3 double play when Paul Celan tried to bunt a runner over for the Universe in the second. Lorenzo de Medici’s Banners, the Wild Card team from the Glorious Division, knocked off Ben Franklin’s Boston Secrets in 7 games—winning game seven as the visiting team. Florence is now in a game 7, played tomorrow in Phoenix—and Dante Alighieri hopes to complete the Banners’ comeback. The winner tomorrow enters the World Series against the Dublin Laureates. Singles by Juvenal, Alice Walker, and Galway Kinnell produced the only Universe run. Thomas Wyatt and Ben Mazer knocked in 2 runs apiece for the big Florence win. The Universe will call on Raymond Carver to stop the Banners. Carver has pitched well in his two post-season starts but has received no run support—the Universe were blanked both times. The Universe were the visiting club when they beat Wolfgang Mozart to eliminate Philip II’s Madrid Crusaders in six games.


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It is not that I am better than them,
Or I love you more.
For how I can know this?
What is knowing for?

Love throws me back upon myself,
Even as I believe that you
Will sweetly erase me.
So what am I to do?

Science changed its mind.
Oh God! Religion did not.
I remembered to write you a poem.
But they forgot.


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How did Virgil talk to Dante, after all those years?
Give me one more minute in our past!
I can reverse these tears.

I don’t like the poem,
Where it’s “oh the grown-ups are talking,”
Nor do I like poems for a child.
I like the genius, here,
Whose poems are wise and wild.

The headline, without evidence, eternally
Steadfast in its claims,
Repeats to itself: the wrong are wrong.
A lone star—steady, apart, from what it blames.

If only the poet were like the journalist,
Invoking fear as he brings the state low,
The slander, the insult—how does he do it?
The poet wants to know.

The greatest lie doesn’t back down—
It lives forever in the newspaper’s ink.
The headline surprises by what it says—what poet
Cannot love this, which feels, and does not think?

I don’t like the poem
Which surrenders to the news.
Fifteen centuries on,
Scholars search for clues.


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Erasmus, manager of the Florence Banners, ejected for questioning the umpire in game one


As the Dublin Laureates wait in the wings to play the winner, the best of 7 series opens in Phoenix, Arizona as the Modern Division winner, Steven Spielberg’s Universe, who knocked off the Madrid Crusaders, takes on the Wild Card Florence Banners of the Glorious Division, who eliminated the Boston Secrets. Martin Luther King, jr gets the win as the Universe prevail, 7-5. Delmore Schwartz, an offensive force for the Universe against the Crusaders in Round One, hit a 3 run homer against Leonardo da Vinci with the Universe trailing 5-4 in the 7th inning. Galway Kinnell and Paul Celan singled with two outs before Delmore’s game winner. Leonardo da Vinci said he “had no idea where the strike zone was” because of the way home plate umpire, Anthony Fauci, called balls and strikes. Fauci tossed the Banners manager, Desiderius Erasmus, in the fourth inning, for questioning calls. Ben Mazer led the Florence Banners attack in the losing effort, with two doubles, a triple, and a stolen base. John Keats homered for Florence.


The Universe wins again, in Phoenix. Harriet Beecher Stowe, who beat Beethoven twice in Round One, struck out four and walked none, as she held Florence to 3 runs through 7 innings, running her record to 3-0 in the playoffs. Marsilio Ficino started for the Banners and took the loss. Christina Rossetti continued her hot hitting for Florence—with the score 6-3 in the top of the ninth, she doubled in two runs to make it 6-5. Jean Cocteau, who has been invaluable for the Universe out of the bullpen, got the final out for the save, walking John Keats and then striking out Friedrich Schiller. Ficino and Thomas Moore both homered in the second to give the Banners a brief 2-0 lead. Stephen Dobyns singled in two in the bottom of the second to tie the score. In the third, Juvenal doubled in Chuck Berry and Maya Angelou, and one out later, scored on a sacrifice fly, as Phoenix took the lead for good.


Dante Alighieri fans six and walks none as he tosses a 5 hit shutout as the series moves to Florence, the Banners winning Game 3 by a score of 1-0. The Banners catcher, Stefan George, slapped a single through a drawn-in infield to score John Keats, for the game’s only run. Raymond Carver struck out 11 in taking the loss—almost pitching well enough to give Phoenix a commanding lead in the series. Paul Celan was 3-3, and a walk, and also made several outstanding plays from his short stop position for the Universe. The Banners’ pitching is why they are favored to win this series, and Dante, who threw inside often—which Florence, with their intimidating pitching staff likes to do—stepped up for the Banners. Percy Shelley, 23-8, 2.78 during the regular season, will attempt to tie up the series for the Banners tomorrow. Universe manager Billy Beane will counter with lefty Lucian Freud—who joined Steven Spielberg’s club mid-season, along with MLK Jr and Raymond Carver.


Democritus, the Laughing Philosopher, 1630 Painting by Johannes Moreelse

The atheist defends God. The mind of the atheist begins
Where the voice inside his mind began.
He cannot stand to think that when he thinks of sinning, he sins.
This is why he cannot doubt, and when he doubts, he can.
He rejects all the ways, which are not all the ways.
This is how he receives amounts, and pays.
His is the proof of what is not himself, for it always returns to him—
Walking on land, flying on land, or walking, in order to swim.
He doesn’t think he is defending God.
That’s too small, he thinks, too odd,
And the very large places
Are stretched out, and can’t have faces.
Nothing is familiar, except what he can see,
Falling off into frightful infinity—
Which doesn’t frighten him at all.
See, this is the point. Placidly, sadly, the atheist knows all.
His all-encompassing thought
Is where God by lesser minds is sought.
The place he names is the place he names:
The stratagem of earth. The faint logic of games.
He isn’t what he is, and this is why he is. And then, a dim,
Furtive notion: Something’s using him.


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Alexander Pushkin, no. 3 starter for the Boston Secrets

John Keats hit a grand slam in the 8th inning to break a 2-2 tie, as the Florence Banners defeat the Boston Secrets 7-2 in the seventh game of their series, in Boston.

The Florence Banners advance with 2 other teams to the second round, as the only Wild Card Team from the 5 divisions. The Banners won 89 games during the regular season, finishing 2 games back from the 2nd seed Dublin Laureates, who also advanced, defeating the LA Gamers in 6 games. The Banners will now take on the Phoenix Universe, who took 6 games to beat the 3rd seed Madrid Crusaders, the team owned by Philip II of Spain, whose fortunes rose with the mid-season acquisitions of Beethoven and Mozart. The Universe won 82 games in their season, edging out John D. Rockefeller’s Chicago Buyers in the Modern Division. If the Banners beat the Universe—and they are favored, despite being a Wild Card team—the World Series will feature two Glorious Division teams—the Laureates from Dublin and the Banners from Florence. The Secrets, with the best record in the league (95 wins) could not beat Virgil (in games 3 and 7) and that was the difference.

Game 7 in Boston was a re-match of Game 3 in Florence, between starters Virgil and Pushkin, whose records during the regular season are similar: Virgil 19-11, 3.01, 280 K, 4 Shutouts, Pushkin 19-5, 3.61, 328 K, 5 Shutouts. Pushkin was all too happy to play for Ben Franklin, owner, and George Washington, manager of the Boston Secrets—who some have called, “America’s team,” with their “Founding Father” bullpen; their “Republic” author, Plato, and Edgar Allan Poe as top pitchers; and Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, and Nathaniel Hawthorne, gracing their starting lineup. The complex negotiations of a world poetry league, put together by Muse Inc., favored the English-speaking lands. It was rumored Edgar Poe convinced Pushkin to join the Secrets, but Pushkin said “No one had to convince me. Russia and the United States grew up as nations together in my beloved 19th Century. Poe did tell me something about the British Empire and how their “free trade” wasn’t really “free trade.” I knew what he meant. I will always love the United States.”

Pushkin homered and fanned 15 in the loss. Washington refused to take Pushkin out in the 8th, with the bases loaded. Virgil reached on a bloop single, Ben Mazer walked, and Christina Rossetti beat out an infield hit, for her 15th hit of the series, bringing John Keats to the plate. With Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton warming in the bullpen, pitching coach Clarence Thomas checked on Pushkin, who said he was fine. John Keats has made no secret of the fact that he wanted to play for the Secrets. Shelley wanted to, as well. Both poets preferred America even to England. But Dante, Cavalcanti, Ficino, and Boccaccio told Banners’ owner Lorenzo de Medici they would not play unless he signed both Keats and Shelley. Shelley convinced Keats the Banners would be a great team and bestow great honor. What must Keats have been thinking, when he stepped to the plate against Pushkin and the Secrets in that crucial moment? It would be silly to speculate. Keats reached for a 1-2 curve just off the plate and poked it down the line for an opposite-field home run, breaking the tie in Game 7, bringing glory to the Florence Banners. Paul Simon, the Secrets right-fielder, had the ball in his glove as he smashed against the fence, and made the claim that a fan (a visitor from Florence?) somehow knocked the ball out of his hand for a home run, but replay evidence was inconclusive. The controversy stopped play for half an hour.

With the score 6-2, Friedrich Schiller added a run for the Banners, smashing a home run off Thomas Jefferson in the top of the ninth, to make it, 7-2, and Erasmus, Florence’s manager, stayed with Virgil in the ninth—who ended up with 16 strike outs, and a marvelous series for the Banners. Stephen Cole began the Secrets 9th inning with a double, just missing a home run off the top of the wall, but Virgil quickly retired the next 3 hitters. Virgil was in total command throughout the game.

The second round of the playoffs begins with Steven Spielberg’s Universe hosting the Banners in Phoenix. Leonardo da Vinci (14-11 3.44 229 K 5 SO) will pitch for the Florence Banners against Martin Luther King Jr (11-7 3.99 156 K 1 SO) of the Phoenix Universe. The Dublin Laureates, as the top seeded team remaining, will play the winner of the best-of-seven contest between the Universe and the Banners—for the top prize.


AUTUMN" by Alla Tsank in 2020 | Fantasy art illustrations, Surreal art, Autumn  leaves art

Do you wonder why, when the good appears,
It receives censure and ridicule?
The beautiful made me weak,
The beautiful dumped me in a puddle of tears.
To do my laborious work, I need my garden tool.
How do I look, covered in dirt, when the beautiful appears?
When we are compared to the good, we get blamed.
So we embrace the shameful. To feel less ashamed.
Do you know why the beautiful causes you anger and grief?
The good is a growing tree. And you are a dying leaf.
We meet here, dying leaves on the ground.
We are numerous. We ignore the poem’s sound.


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The Laureates’ Aphra Behn ends the Gamers season


The four leading women home run hitters this year in the Scarriet Poetry Baseball league were Sharon Olds and Edna Millay with 33, and Elizabeth Bishop and Aphra Behn with 34. With one swing, the Restoration playwright, best known for her quote, “love ceases to be a pleasure when it ceases to be a secret,” gave the Dublin Laureates a 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Gamers—a towering home run to dead center with two outs in the bottom of the ninth—as the no. 2 seed Laureates eliminated the Gamers in a 4-3 contest. Aphra Behn’s blast came off a 100 mile per hour fastball from relief pitcher Muhammad Ali. Democritus, the “laughing philosopher,” who was out-dueled by Blaise Pascal in game 2, 1-0, pitched extremely well, again, for the Gamers, again striking out 13 Laureates, including Behn 3 times. Eugene Ionesco and Ogden Nash hit solo homers, and Democritus singled in Joe Green for the Gamers’ 3 runs. In the second inning, Boris Pasternak and Mirza Ghalib scored on a Sara Teasdale triple and Oliver Goldsmith hit a soft liner for an RBI single, the only bad inning for Democritus. Laureates’ bullpen specialist (and scientist) Robert Boyle pitched the 8th and 9th innings for the win in relief. Democritus wept in the dugout after the game.


Steven Spielberg’s Universe overcomes a 5-2 deficit against Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, going on to win 6-5, in Madrid, to win the series 4 games to 2 against the no. 3 seed Crusaders. Delmore Schwartz, who began the scoring for the Universe with an RBI single in the second, in a shocker, hit a 3 homer to tie the game in the 8th, chasing Mozart. Madrid’s Mary Angela Douglas homered twice with Gerard Manley Hopkins aboard, as the Crusaders took control of the game against Lucien Freud of the Universe. Chuck Berry stole three bases and scored twice, making Mozart uncomfortable throughout the game. Domenico Scarlatti relieved Mozart, and got into further trouble after Schwartz’s homer, but the Crusaders escaped the visitor’s 8th inning with the game tied, 5-5. Jean Cocteau throttled the Crusaders in the last 2 innings to earn the win. Juvenal, the Roman satirist, and the Universe’s cleanup hitter (31 homers), the man with no illusions, who said, “rare is the union of beauty and purity” and “censure acquits the raven, but pursues the dove,” calmly but dramatically homered on the first pitch delivered by Bishop Berkeley in the top of the ninth to win it for the Phoenix Universe. Two teams, the Los Angeles Gamers, who won the Peoples Division over the Beijing Waves and the Kolkata Cobras, by adding Charlie Chaplin and Woody Allen, and the Madrid Crusaders, who edged out the Rome Ceilings in the Emperor Division by adding Beethoven and Mozart, are now gone.


Plato, with the most wins (25) during the regular season, won his second game of the series, and Robert Frost, with only 1 hit in 18 at bats coming into Game 6, hit for the cycle, knocking in 6 runs, as the Secrets forced a game 7 against the Banners, winning easily in Boston, 8-4. Percy Shelley, a 23 game winner, took the loss, his second of the series, surrendering home runs to Frost, and Plato, his mound opponent and nemesis—Plato out-dueled Shelley in Game 2, 1-0. Shelley hit a two-run home run, and Christina Rossetti, breaking out of an 0-9 slump, batted in Ben Mazer twice, to account for the Banners’ scoring. If the Secrets win game 7, the Dublin Laureates will play the Phoenix Universe, and the Secrets, the number one seed, will play the winner. If the Florence Banners, the Wild Card team, wins, the Banners will play the Universe, while the Laureates rest, since they are the higher-seeded team. Game 7 starters: Virgil for the visiting Banners faces the Secrets’ Pushkin. Both won 19 during the regular season. Virgil was dominating in Game 3, striking out 18 Secrets in Florence, as he beat Pushkin—who only fanned one—5-2.


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I don’t want to do this boring job, the same as this criminal, here.
Yes, I want security and stability and therefore, a nice career.
Those guys are fighting all the time because they’re secretly queer.
But I don’t have to fight. I’m a womanly man.
My mother loves me. I wink. I do what I can.
You know what? There’s one thing I always knew.
It’s not who we are. It’s what we don’t want to do.
You can laud a famous entertainer. He’s got pizazz! He’s really hot!
His handlers and his followers make sure you like him a lot.
The scholarly insights and angles!
The literary theories of Mr. Bojangles!
The world just wants to be the world, and he’s just going along;
He’s a socialist, an atheist. He sings an irreverent song.
Sure, give me the rundown on what’s tasteful and true—
The many buy the tickets which are sold to them by the few.
Only two things matter: Inventions. Tricks to make people behave.
The rest isn’t tricky: a clash between victims and the brave.
Present your analysis. Ring up your opinion as true.
I don’t want to do this. I don’t want to do this. And neither, my darling, do you.


A Look at The Unknown and Controversial Photography Career of Lewis Carroll
Revenge. Lewis Carroll blanks the Laureates in Game 5


Two teams were on the brink: the LA Gamers and the Boston Secrets. The Gamers were at home in Los Angeles, down 3-1, and called on their ace throughout the season, Lewis Carroll (17-13, 3.04).

Before a raucous, insulting, Dublin crowd, Carroll suffered a 9-4 loss in Game 1. His opponent again, in Game 5, was the fearless ace of the Laureates, Jonathan Swift (22-5 2.80).

Lewis Carroll allowed six hits, struck out four, and walked one, as he blanked the Dublin Laureates, 2-0. A throwing error by Dublin’s Rod McKuen allowed James Whitcomb Riley and Heather McHugh of the Gamers to score in the bottom of the 8th inning—for the only runs of the game. Jonathan Swift was dominating, as he has been all year, perhaps more so, as he struck out 18 hitters, including Billy Collins four times. The ninth inning was almost a disaster for the Gamers. Dublin’s Oliver Goldsmith singled to open the inning. After Carroll retired Dumas and Dickens, Aphra Behn singled and Colley Cibber walked. Boris Pasternak then hit a slow grounder to the left of the mound, and it looked like everyone was going to be safe. Goldsmith was heading for home, Joe Green, the Gamers third baseman, was going after the ground ball, as was Carroll, off the mound. Noel Coward, the shortstop, raced to cover third, just ahead of Aphra Behn, and yelled for the ball, and Carroll somehow scooped up the grounder which had almost come to a stop, and in a gasp of heated and exhausted despair, flipped the ball to Coward, who had to reach for it awkwardly, running full tilt, and Coward was able to graze Behn with his glove for the final out. The Gamers are alive, but they’re going back to Dublin, down 3-2.


Edgar Poe, Game 1 loser for the Secrets, like Lewis Carroll, saved his team from elimination yesterday. Both Poe and Carroll are known for their mathematical minds, and both throw a great variety of pitches. Poe throws hard, has a slow, mocking breaking pitch, and throws change-ups quite frequently, while using the geometry not only of home plate but the space occupied by the hitter.

The Secrets lost to Dante Alighieri 4-1 in Game 1 in Boston. Had Dante, the ace of the Banners, beat them here in Florence, the Secrets’ season (with the best record in the league) would have been over.

Poe struck out 9 and held the Banners to one run (a home run by John Keats) as the Secrets won in Florence, 6-1.

Paul Simon homered and tripled, knocking in 5 runs for the Secrets. Kanye West added an RBI single.

The Secrets need to win the next two in Boston to advance. Plato and Pushkin are scheduled to face Shelley and Virgil.


The Phoenix Universe have beaten Beethoven for the second time as they take the lead in the series, 3-2. Harriet Beecher Stowe shut out the Madrid Crusaders and Maya Angelou knocked in Alice Walker for the game’s only run. Chuck Berry climbed the fence in left field to take a home run away from the Crusaders’ Anne Bradstreet in the ninth. Beecher Stowe had 5 shut outs during the regular season, with a 2.79 ERA. She struck out 10 on the way to her 1-0 win in Game 5. Beethoven fanned 14, but is now 0-2 in the series. Beecher Stowe is 2-0, the only starter who kept her job throughout the season, as Steven Spielberg replaced Harold Bloom, Randall Jarrell, and Marge Piercy with Lucien Freud, Raymond Carver, and Martin Luther King, Jr. The series now returns to Madrid, where the Crusaders will go with Mozart and Thomas Aquinas (if necessary). The Universe, who need one more win, will counter with Lucian Freud and Raymond Carver.


Italian Humanists (Six Tuscan Poets), 1554 - Giorgio Vasari


The city of Florence is on the verge of a huge celebration. The no. 1 seed Boston Secrets are one game away from being eliminated by the Wild Card Banners. Guido Cavalcanti hit a grand slam and drove in six runs to lead Florence to a 9-4 win in game 4, who are now up 3-1 in the series. A shutout by Plato is the Secrets’ only win. Dante Alighieri will start game 5 in Florence against Edgar Allan Poe. If the Secrets win, the series will return to Boston. Leonardo da Vinci earned the victory, fanning 7 before leaving in the sixth inning, when Nathaniel Hawthorne hit a 3 run homer, making the score 6-3. Mikhail Lermontov of the Banners and Stephen Cole of the Secrets also hit homers. Moliere took the loss for the Secrets. Giovanni Boccaccio and Marsilio Ficino came out of the bullpen to seal da Vinci’s win.


Charles Dickens hit 2 more homers and the Dublin Laureates held off a furious rally in Los Angeles, as the Gamers fell short 19-14, and now trail the best-of-seven series 3 games to 1. John Betjeman and Joe Green continued their hot hitting for the Gamers—7 RBI and a homer by Betjeman, 4 RBI and a homer for Green. The Laureates led 13 to 2 after 5 innings. Samuel Johnson, who got the win, imploded in the sixth—which could have been a much bigger inning for the Gamers, but Arnaut Daniel was thrown out trying to score in a controversial call. The home plate umpire, Albert Einstein, said Daniel missed home plate sliding in to beat the throw. Daniel attacked Einstein and was thrown out of the game. John Townsend Trowbridge and Mirza Ghalib also homered for the Laureates, as Woody Allen was gone by the second inning. LA did tie it, 13-13, in the seventh. However, the Laureates’ Leigh Hunt and Hans Christian Anderson shut out the Gamers the rest of the way, and Dickens hit a grand slam in the 8th off Garrison Keillor. Lewis Carroll will try and keep the Gamers alive tomorrow in LA, against Jonathan Swift.


Delmore Schwartz belted a 3 run homer off George Handel to break a 1-1 tie as Martin Luther King Jr and the Universe stopped the Crusaders in Phoenix, tying up the series 2-2. Yusef Komunyaaka and Anthony Hecht hit back to back doubles to give the Universe a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Handel then retired the next 14 hitters in a row. Meanwhile the Crusaders scraped together a run to tie the game in the 5th, with singles by Hilaire Belloc, Phillis Wheatley, and Leona Florentino. Lionel Trilling relieved King in the 8th with the bases loaded and got Aeschylus to pop up to end the inning, and Jean Cocteau set down the side in order in the ninth. The game one starters, Harriet Beecher Stowe of the Universe and Ludwig Beethoven of the Crusaders, will face off again in game 5.


Virgil - Wikipedia


It was a match-up of 19 game winners—Pushkin, with 5 shut outs and 328 strikeouts versus Virgil, with 4 shut outs and 280 strikeouts. Their clubs split the first two games in Boston, and now in Florence, game three was a must-win for both teams—the Banners may be the Wild Card team, but the Banners and Secrets probably have the two best pitching staffs in the game. Virgil brought his stuff and Pushkin didn’t. Virgil made a statement, striking out the side in the first inning. In the home half of the inning, Ben Mazer hit Pushkin’s first offering for a home run. (Mazer had 13 during the regular season). That set the tone, and Florence (with their fans making a lot of noise) never looked back, as Virgil finished with 18 strikeouts and a complete game 5-2 victory. Christina Rossetti and Friedrich Schiller added homers for the Banners, and Cole Porter, the hottest hitter on the Secrets right now, accounted for both of their runs. Boston will try and even the series tomorrow as Moliere goes against Leonardo da Vinci.


The Gamers get their first playoff win, after dropping the first two in Dublin. They win big, as John Betjeman and Joe Green each slam 2 homers, with Charlie Chaplin notching the win—fanning 18 Laureates. Betjeman and Green each had 7 RBIs, and Dorothy Parker of the Gamers added 3 more. John Townsend Trowbridge doubled and scored on a single by Charles Dickens, for the visitors’ only run. The Dublin Laureates, looking to go up 3-0 in the series, sent Robert Louis Stevenson to the hill, who had a nifty 14-6 record during the regular season. But his fastball was kidnapped by Betjeman and Green, as Game Three was a treasure island in Los Angeles for the Gamers, who hope to tie the series with Woody Allen; he will face Samuel Johnson.


The “religious team,” the Madrid Crusaders, stop the Universe in Phoenix behind Thomas Aquinas, 3-0. Aquinas, 10-15 during the regular season with a 3.79 ERA, was hurt in late August—he was declared healthy just in time for the playoffs. Madrid’s starter fanned two and walked none, scattering eight hits as he went the distance. Raymond Carver, 12-8 with a 3.28 ERA, had a streak from late July into early September when the Universe won 11 out of 12 games he started. He pitched well enough for the Universe to go up 2-1 in the series, but Mary Angela Douglas took him deep twice. She made the difference offensively, and also was part of a nifty double play in the 7th, when the Universe threatened to score. Aquinas came off the mound, fielded a weak grounder, got the runner at second, and Douglas made an unexpected throw to Bradstreet at third to catch Galway Kinnell off the bag for the double play. Martin Luther King starts tomorrow for the home team against the Crusaders’ George Handel, who owns a 20-5 record.


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It won’t let you write the poem,
A ceiling in the leak that cries,
Every minor and living disaster
Moves you quickly from one thought to the next;
The poem is lovely. It flies
From those who want it;
But you never see its face at all;
Black minnows in the green harbor,
Silver in the shadows when they writhe,
Swarm in the millions; in numbers like that,
Nothing is truly alive. It becomes a mind like yours,
Which, when it moves, doesn’t see,
Which is jealous—your eyes narrow as you listen to me.
It won’t let you write the poem—
Because you think the poet is lazy.
You are not. Nor are you crazy.
You stroke the mental pussy;
You can’t put conclusions away.
It won’t let you write, or sit in a chair with your mind.
But did you want anything
To do with what you were, anyway?
You are afraid. The poem comes
To the innocent soldier among the sums.


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Blaise Pascal blanks the LA Gamers in Dublin. Laureates lead series 2-0.


Bob Hope, the Gamers manager, put on a brave face after the game. “We’re going back to LA to play 3 games. I like Los Angeles. Dublin’s cold as hell. Hey, Democritus pitched a hell of a game, didn’t he?” He did. Democritus registered 13 strikeouts, and was untouchable until 2 outs in the ninth when Mirza Ghalib took him deep, breaking the scoreless tie. 1-0 win for the Laureates. Pictures of Charles Dickens, with “I’m Not A Poet. I Just Hit Home Runs” were seen everywhere in Dublin. Dickens didn’t do much. Pop out. Ground out. Two strike outs. Pascal only needed 5 Ks to handcuff the Gamers. “This is why we signed Pascal,” Ronald Reagan, the Laureates manager, said. Pascal joined the Laureates in July, and mostly struggled, with an ERA near 5, in the regular season. The Gamers will call on Charlie Chaplin and Woody Allen next, to get them out of their 2-0 hole. Robert Louis Stevenson and Samuel Johnson will counter for the Laureates.


It wasn’t pretty, but Wolfgang Mozart survived a 3 run homer by Bob Dylan to beat the Universe, 7-5, as the Crusaders tied up the series 1-1. Anne Bradstreet was the big bat for Madrid, hitting two home runs. The series now moves to Phoenix. Dylan sneered at Mozart as he rounded the bases after his blast, but the Crusaders pitcher just looked away bashfully and seemed to giggle. Mozart struck out 14 almost effortlessly, his sinking fastball and tempting curve both working to perfection most of the night. Plotinus got the save for Madrid. Bradstreet, who put up MVP numbers during the regular season, was obviously pleased by her performance, but only said, modestly, “I’m so glad the series is tied, now. It would have been terrible to travel to their home park down two to nothing.” Lucien Freud, the Phoenix starter, was knocked out early, and admitted to being star-struck by Mozart. “That pitching was poetry.” But he added, “Give Bob Dylan credit,” he said. “I don’t know how he hit that pitch from Mozart, much less for a home run.”


Plato has been dominating all year, and he took that domination into the playoffs, as he shut out the Florence Banners in Boston, the Secrets winning game two and tying up the series. Plato beat Percy Shelley, 2-0, as both pitchers struck out 14 hitters. Shelley was chased in the 8th, as Cole Porter broke the scoreless tie with a single, after Nathaniel Hawthorne singled and stole second. Emily Dickinson then doubled in Porter, and that’s all the scoring there was. The series now goes to Florence, where Virgil and da Vinci will match up against Pushkin and Moliere. John Keats, who has the only homer in the series so far, is happy to be on the Banners with his friend, Shelley, but admitted he wanted to play for the Secrets. “I love America. My brother George lived there.”


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Gerard Manley Hopkins. The soul of Madrid’s Crusaders?

Banners 4 Secrets 1  Game One in Boston.

John Keats hit a 3 run homer in top of the 11th inning on a 3-2 Thomas Jefferson fastball, as the Wild Card Banners drew first blood.  Dante, four strikeouts, and Poe, six strikeouts, both lasted into the ninth, 0-0.  Christina Rossetti singled in Ben Mazer off current Secrets closer Alexander Hamilton to give the Banners a 1-0 lead. Emily Dickinson knocked in Cole Porter off the Banners’ closer Boccaccio in the bottom of the ninth, to tie things 1-1 and send the game into extra innings. Sandro Botticelli pitched a scoreless 10th and 11th inning to get the win.  Florence is up 1-0!

Laureates 9 Gamers 4  Game One in Dublin.

Charles Dickens and Alexandre Dumas homered, and Sara Teasdale went 3-4 with 3 runs and 2 stolen bases, as the Laureates chased Lewis Carroll in the fourth inning on the way to an easy 9-4 victory.  Ionesco and Billy Collins hit back to back homers for the Gamers in the 8th and Noel Coward tripled in two in the 9th, but it was too little, too late, as Jonathan Swift allowed 3 hits and fanned five in 7 innings of work. JD Salinger and Livy finished up for Dublin.  Laureates win game one at home.

Universe 6 Crusaders 5  Game One in Madrid.

Beethoven falls to Spielberg’s Universe in Madrid, as an error by Gerard Manley Hopkins in center allows 3 runs to score in the first inning. Hopkins hit a 2 run homer in the 7th and Joyce Kilmer sliced a bases loaded double to make it a 5 run inning, as the Crusaders went up 5-4. But in the top of the 8th, Bishop Berkeley relieved Beethoven with one on and yielded a 2 run homer to Chuck Berry. Harriet Beecher Stowe, who was near-perfect except for the wild 7th inning, stayed in the game, finished strong, and earned the win, as Jean Cocteau retired the final batter for the save, with Mary Angela Douglas waiting to score on second base.  A narrow victory for the Universe, as they go up 1-0 in the series.

The Press Conferences

George Washington, manager, Secrets

Press: Mr. President, were the Secrets distracted by the controversial poem, “Blacks Matter,” which your left fielder Kanye West recited to a crowd outside the park before the game?

Washington: No. Poe wasn’t distracted. Look at how he pitched.

Press: But you lost the game.

Washington: My players aren’t distracted by poetry.


Erasmus, manager, Banners

Press: Keats only had two home runs through May. Why wasn’t he hitting home runs earlier?

Erasmus: He wasn’t eating his Wheaties. (smiles)

Press: How do you feel about this win, beating Poe and the Secrets in Boston?

Erasmus: Winning has nothing to do with feelings. Dante pitched with expertise. My team has faith in expertise.


Bob Hope, manager, Gamers

Press: Charles Dickens help beat you with a big home run today. Why are some of your players saying, Charles Dickens is not a poet?

Hope: If it’s not poetry, it hits pretty good.  Look, we don’t get to say what poetry is. I tell my players, just have fun. And win.

Press: The Dublin fans were yelling insensitive things at Lewis Carroll today. Did they get under his skin?

Hope: We’re not playing the Dublin fans. The Laureates are a good team. We know what we have to do.


Cervantes, manager, Crusaders

Press: Tough loss. Do you regret taking Beethoven out of the game? He clearly didn’t want to leave.

Cervantes: I’m the manager.

Press: But Beethoven was still throwing hard—

Cervantes: I am the manager.


Billy Beane, manager, Universe

Press: It proved to be the right move, but why did you stay with Harriet Beecher Stowe in that five run seventh?

Beane: Because it was the right move.

Press: You’re a baseball guy, not a poet. Does that feel strange?

Beane: Spielberg told me it would feel strange. It does feel strange. But I understand in poetry, strange is good.


Game Two Matchups


Florence Banners Game Two Starter: Percy Shelley

1. Ben Mazer CF .272
2. Christina Rossetti LF .281
3. John Keats 2B .279
4. Friedrich Schiller 1B .254
5. Thomas Wyatt RF .299
6. Thomas Moore SS .291
7. Guido Cavalcanti 3B .271
8. Stefan George C .269
9. Percy Shelley P 23-8 2.78

Boston Secrets Game Two Starter: Plato

1. Nathaniel Hawthorne CF .273
2. Cole Porter 1B .297
3. Emily Dickinson C .278
4. Kanye West LF .267
5. Robert Frost SS .275
6. Carl Sandburg 3B .295
7. Paul Simon RF .270
8. Woody Guthrie 2B ,265
9. Plato P 25-8 2.21



LA Gamers Game Two Starter: Democritus

1. Noel Coward SS .317
2. John Betjeman CF .325
3. Billy Collins LF .284
4. Eugene Ionesco C .279
5. Dorothy Parker 2B .282
6. Joe Green 3B .261
7. Ernest Thayer 1B .250
8. James Whitcomb Riley 3B .238
9. Democritus P 13-13 4.88

Dublin Laureates Game Two Starter: Blaise Pascal

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. John Boyle O’Reilly C .277
8. JK Rowling SS .228
9. Blaise Pascal P 11-10 4.67



Phoenix Universe Game Two Starter: Lucien Freud

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. Yusef Komunyakaa LF .224
8. Steven Dobyns 1B .230
9. Lucien Freud P 7-6 4.49

Madrid Crusaders Game Two Starter: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

1. Gerard Manley Hopkins CF .281
2. Phillis Wheatley LF .252
3. Anne Bradstreet 3B .373
4. Aeschylus CF .253
5. Saint Ephrem SS
6. Joyce Kilmer RF .265
7. Countee Cullen 1B .245
8. Francisco Balagtas C .233
9. Mozart P 12-4 3.77



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