George Bowering is fond of baseball, and he likes the alphabet. Having written a few baseball books and a few alphabet books over the years, he decided to write a baseball alphabet book. The Diamond Alphabet is made up of 130 between-innings takes, five for each letter. You probably expected “Mays,” but were you ready for “Uzbekistan”? Tall tales, memories, facts and opinions are interwoven in this delightful collection of short takes on the gentleman's game that demonstrates the full potential of the relationship between baseball and literature.
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George Bowering is the author of Baseball, a green diamond-shaped book of poetry edited by bpNichol and published by Coach House Press, Poem and other Baseballs, a collection of baseball poems published in 1976, and Baseball Love, a memoir and travel journal published in 2006. His sequence of poems “Terrains de jeux” was part of a triptych entitled Poèmes et autres baseballs, shared with David McFadden and Michel Albert and published in 1999 by Les éditions Triptyque.