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“Their handling of athletes’ words is careful and respectful, and the results are surprising: profound, funny, poignant and occasionally beautiful."
“It's poetry that takes the very best of what is said in the heat of battle, and reforms those erratic sentences into a passionate profile of the player. "
"The interactions between media and players have become increasingly standardized—mindless cliches and then reporters trying to squeeze blood from those stones…the best way to create meaning is to chisel those stones down and then pile them up with a bunch of others into an interesting shape."
"Hilarious and sometimes inspiring…"
"Best of 2015" selection
"A substantial thread of Erratic Fire, Erratic Passion is that of the power and nature of human experience. If there is sublimity and humor, there is also the moral repugnance of Don Imus’ 2007 remarks about the Rutgers women’s basketball team alongside Fuzzy Zoeller’s offensive “joke” about Tiger Woods…"
"Language trickery peaks a few times when several voices merge and Malla and Parker present a poem with a group of indistinguishable narrators … It’s just one of many notes that these skilled poetic DJs hit in this unique and surprising book. Erratic Fire, Erratic Passion sets out to find the poetry in sports talk. Through clever sampling and an attention to sound and form, Pasha Malla and Jeff Parker succeed."