Louis Jenkins

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Louis Jenkins

Louis Jenkins,a poet, the author of five books of poetry, is one of the contemporary masters of the prose poem. His poems have been published in a number of literary magazines and anthologies. Jenkins currently lives in Duluth, Minnesota were he has been living the past 30 years.


I take the snap from the center, fake to the right, fade back...

I've got protection. I've got a receiver open downfield...

What the hell is this? This isn't a football, it's a shoe, a man's

brown leather oxford. A cousin to a football maybe, the same

skin, but not the same, a thing made for the earth, not the air.

I realize that this is a world where anything is possible and I

understand, also, that one often has to make do with what one

has. I have eaten pancakes, for instance, with that clear corn

syrup on them because there was no maple syrup and they

weren't very good. Well, anyway, this is different. (My man

downfield is waving his arms.) One has certain responsibilities,

one has to make choices. This isn't right and I'm not going

to throw it.

A Visual Production of the poem "Football" by Louis Jenkins
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