Hockey Haiku

The Essential Collection

Chad Davidson; John Poch

St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books

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The greatest collection of hockey-related poetry this or any house has ever published, and a watershed moment in American letters.

Hockey haiku is the most rarefied of the haiku genres, and it represents the perfect union of graceful brutality, ordered chaos, and the blood that courses through our veins...and onto the ice.
Hockey Haiku: The Essential Collection is full of poems that embody to perfection hockey’s unique harmony of beauty and violence. For example:

Zamboni bumper:
Don’t laugh---It crushed the leg of
the Little Leaguer.

And it turns to the questions we as a hockey society are reluctant to answer:

Conflict--How can I
pledge my allegiance to two
national anthems?

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While historians and enthusiasts alike argue hopelessly over the hockey haiku’s official beginnings, its history remains shrouded in myth. Some talk generally of its inception during the decline of the Samurai class in Japan, suggesting that the ritualized aggression and disciplined servitude of the Samurai were displaced and ultimately projected onto the prehockey haiku form once hockey came to dominate the imaginations of the Pacific Rim nations.1 Even though its lineage could be traced back to Japan, how hockey haiku found a toehold in North America still baffles scholars.

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Praise for Hockey Haiku

“Irreverent. Nevertheless, essential.”--Doug Halcomb, Hockey Ministries International
“I think I can say without fear of contradiction that the hockey haikuist Pat Scluney taught me everything I know about physical violence and verbal restraint. That his work is now preserved in Hockey Haiku is a literary event of fastidious brutality. Though I got a free copy, I'll buy many more for my friends, who will laugh delightedly well beyond their allotted number of syllables, just as I did.”--Robert Olen Butler, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

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About the Author

Chad Davidson; John Poch

JOHN POCH is poetry editor of the journal 32 Poems Magazine and teaches at Texas Tech University.
CHAD DAVIDSON is an assistant professor of English at the University of West Georgia.

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Hockey Haiku
The Essential Collection
Chad Davidson; John Poch

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin/Thomas Dunne Books
April 2007
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ISBN: 9781429907910
ISBN10: 1429907916
128 pages

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