(Sacramento, CA): Deconstructed Artichoke Press, 2012. As much a love letter to baseball as an admonition of its cultural shortcomings, Thompson’s prose poem follows a softball player’s discovery of herself and of the gender bias in the game she adores. The text is loaded with as many questions as answers about why difference holds so much weight over sports, and life in general. Each stanza is named after a Dodger player, from Jackie Robinson to Dusty Baker. Profound, sympathetic, and nostalgic, Dodger Blues highlights the pain of growing up in a world so bent on binaries.
Square 16mo. (14)pp. One of twenty copies, of which this is the first. On the verso pages, pinhole photographs show slivers of baseball fields. The accordion structure expands to reveal the full views, and the pages themselves form a diamond pattern, supported by 108 baseball stitches. Bound in boards covered with blue silk, with the title printed in gray on the upper cover. Fine. Item #31151