A Basketball Season in Poems
ISBN 9780525675549 | 160 pages | 01 Aug 1997 | Dutton Children's | 5.82 x 8.50in | 10 - AND UP years
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The Tower High Tigers basketball team is on top of the world and bringing the crowds to their feet in this collection of free prose poems that make up the absorbing story of a championship teams season. Meet Garrett James, the star of the team; Darnell Joyce, the lovable forward with no place to live; and the rest of the players, their families, coach, friends and girlfriends, teachers, and fans.
Tamba SenesieIn Nigeria,
My father is a university professor.
Everyone knows his name.
When he walks down the streets of our village,
Everyone tips their hats to him.
The little children pull at his leg.
The market women give him free oranges.
The old pas ask him many questions.
My father is a visiting university professor.
Nobody knows his name.
When he walks down the streets of the city,
Everyone pushes their way past him.
But my father does not seem to mind.
He walks like a man who knows who he is.
I will never be as distinguished as my father.
I do not possess his intellectual gifts.
But my tall body and broad shoulders
Give me confidence on the basketball court.
With much work and God's blessing,
Everybody will know my name,
In this country.
Parnell PayneI'm a sweet walkin',
mano on the court.
I'm a lane drivin',
big bro on the court.
I'm a head bangin',
all-go on the court.
I'm a cool rappin',
star pro on the court.
Parnell's my name,
You got no game.
Listen up, fool,
I'm takin' you to school.
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