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Fast Break 1985 Edward Hirsch The poem Fast Break is written in great depth and detail As a result the reader perceives a detailed vision of what occurred on that one particular play But the reader would need some basketball knowledge and background in order to truly envision what the poet is trying to portray Having played and studied basketball since the age of six I can truly relate to what the poet is writing about I believe readers that have experienced basketball first hand by either playing or watching will understand and relate to the poem better than a reader who does not understand the game of basketball Some of the terminology in the poem may give a non-sports fan a difficult time envisioning of what has occurred Such as a center boxing his man out meaning the player center usually the tallest player on the court gets in front of his defender and gets good possession to grab the rebound After grabbing the rebound the center throws a strike to the outlet man meaning he throws the ball to a teammate whom is on the wing side of the court usually a point-guard who brings the ball up court These were just a few cliches of many used in the poem of how a non-sports fan might have a difficult time understanding or misinterpreting the terminology On the other hand if you played basketball and know some of the basketball terms used in the poem you get a great feeling of suspense the atmosphere and vision of the surroundings With the great depth and detail in the poem one can actually put themselves in the poets shoes and reenact the play in there mind This poem has more meaning to a true basketball fan rather than a person who has never touched a basketball in their life Horseshoe Contest 1999 Jeffrey Harrison Horseshoe Contest along with Fast Break gives
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