#60 – Summer 2018

Athlete Poets

Conversation with
Stephen Dunn

Rattle #60The stereotypes about athletes and poets might make it seem like an odd combination, but poetry lives everywhere, and stereotypes need to be broken.  The summer issue of Rattle features 22 poets who break the mold—professional athletes from the NFL and NBA, tennis pros, soccer players, weightlifters, marathon runners, and more—capped off with a wide-ranging conversation with semi-pro basketball player and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Stephen Dunn. As these poets explain in a particularly interesting contributor notes section, poetry and athletics fit together like a hand in a ball-glove.

The open section will make you laugh and cry as always, with a little more formal verse than usual, and an epic “Choose Your Own Adventure” poem by Caroline N. Simpson, which also adds a splash of color art for the first time in years.

Now Available!



Athlete Poets

 James Adams  No Name
Audio Available  Elison Alcovendaz  What Are You Doing Now?
Audio Available  Chaun Ballard  Midnight Lazaruses
Audio Available  Erinn Batykefer  Gimmie Shelter
 T.J. DiFrancesco  Magicker
Audio Available  Stephen Dunn  Little Pretty Things
Audio Available  Peg Duthie  Decorating a Cake While Listening to Tennis
Audio Available  Michael Estabrook  Grand Illusion
Audio Available  Daniel Gleason  Shadow Boxing Late at Night
Audio Available  Tony Gloeggler  Some Long Ago Summer
Audio Available  Alex Hoffman-Ellis  Modern Day Gladiator
Audio Available  A.M. Juster  Heirloom
 Benjamín N. Kingsley  Fall
Audio Available  Laura Kolbe  Calisthenics
Audio Available  Michael Mark  Golf with Bob
 Tom Meschery  Two from Searching for the Soul
Audio Available  Jack Ridl  Can We Know?
Audio Available  Laszlo Slomovits  Strangers
Audio Available  Brent Terry  What Happens in Church
Audio Available  Martin Vest  Should I Spill My Beer
Audio Available  Arlo Voorhees  The NFL on CTE
Audio Available  Guinotte Wise  The Why of Bull Riding


Audio Available  Timothy DeJong  Dog at the Farm
Audio Available  Kim Dower  The Delivery Man
 Joseph Fasano  Hymn
 Alan C. Fox  Help
Audio Available  Conrad Geller  Elemental Intelligence
Audio Available  Athena Kildegaard  Allurement
Audio Available  David Mason  A Cabbie in America
 John Lazear Okrent  After Seeing a Picture in the New York Times …
 Caroline N. Simpson  Choose Your Own Adventure …
 Anne Starling  Compassionate Friends
 Katherine Barrett Swett  Marginalia
 Stephen Taylor  Prenuptial Agreement
 William Trowbridge  Oldguy: Superhero vs. The Riddler
 Bro. Yao (Hoke S. Glover III)  Winter’s Blues


Stephen Dunn

Cover Art

William C. Crawford