Poetry Book Reviews
Note: These reviews compiled by Dr. Ron Hyatt. See disclaimer on front
Touching All the Bases
Peeler, Tim. Touching All the Bases, Poems From
McFarland & Company, Jefferson, NC, 2000.
This superb book of baseball poems is result of a poet who has paid
the price in his preparation and in his productivity. The writer
seeks to reach people through sports poetry and he is very successful in
doing so. He pays homage to well-known baseball heroes and others
which he thinks should have been better known. He reaches back into
his youth and brings forth current thoughts, emotions, and dreams.
There are 130 different poems in this excellent work and they are all
to baseball personalities, purposes and hopes. This reviewer is
fond of his descriptions of Thomas Wolfe and his love for baseball, but
this is a hard choice because there are so many good ones. Many
do not utilize the iambic pentameter, but are open and free-flowing.
This work marks the beginning of a major poet in North Carolina and
a major sports poetry writer in the United States. It is my belief
that Tim Peeler has done a marvelous job in sharing the emotions and hopes
and dreams related to baseball.
Note: McFarland & Company, Inc., located in Jefferson, North
Carolina, has rendered a significant literary service to poets, the people
of North Carolina, and baseball aficionados everywhere. May the
tribe increase as well as his publications related to sports in North