''A hook shot kisses the rim andEdward Hirsch (b. 1950), U.S. poet. Fast Break (l. 1-6). . . Direction of Poetry, The; an Anthology of Rhymed and Metered Verse Written in the English Language since 1975. Robert Richman, ed. (1988) Houghton Mifflin Company.
hangs there, helplessly, but doesn't drop
and for once our gangly starting center
boxes out his man and times his jump
perfectly, gathering the orange leather
from the air like a cherished possession''
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At this hour the soul floats weightlessly
through the city streets, speechless and invisible,
astonished by the smoky blend of grays and golds
seeping out of the air, the dark half-tones
of dusk suddenly filling the urban sky
while the body sits listlessly by the window
sullen and heavy, too exhausted to move,
too weary to stand up or to lie down.