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April 30, 2001
Last week, Stephen Dunn, a professor of creative writing at Richard Stockton College in Pomona, N.J., won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry for his 11th collection, Different Hours. Dunn, who played basketball at Hofstra in the late '50s, has used sports in his work as a metaphor for the travails of everyday life. Here are excerpts from some of his sports-themed poems.
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April 30, 2001

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From Emperors

My favorite second baseman
had gone 0 for 5—there it was,
in black and white. How many of us
could bear a daily record
of exactly what we'd done?

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