When the Wood Clacks Out Your Name pitches a fast game of baseball's stories. Award-wining poet Marjorie Maddox packs the park with these historical, witty, and metaphorical re-interpretations of America's best-loved sport. She is the great grandniece of Branch Rickey, the general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers who helped break the color barrier by signing Jackie Robinson.
"Talk about the poetry of the Game! Marjorie Maddox has captured the motion, the strategy, the history, the tension, the philosophy and the thrills and joys, great and small. Her control is impressive—she knows how to work the corners, before crossing you up with one that breaks through the heart of the strike zone. Her eye is precise, her imagination amazing; she shows you what you've always missed; the patience of the grounds-keepers, the suffering of a wife. . . and damn if she doesn't get the Infield Fly Rule." —David Bradley
"Marjorie Maddox's shrewd, funny, fast-paced new baseball poems will take you back to the sweetheart days of the sport. She nails the great hitters and pitchers and fielders. But for me she did much more than that. Through the alchemy of metaphor, she made me see my life as double plays and bunting and stealing home. She revealed once again, as Blake said, that 'eternity is in love with the productions of time.'" —Jeanne Murray Walker
"These are the best baseball poems in the world! The hand-bound book pitches a fast game of baseball's stories and captures the motion, strategy, tension, philosophy & thrills. Award-winning poet Marjorie Maddox packs the park with these historical, witty, and metaphorical re-interpretations of America's best-loved sport." —Amazon review