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World Ball Notebook by Sesshu Foster
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Jul 01, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: cl-asian-american-writing, cl-california-writers
Read in October, 2010

The first team sport in human history was played with a ball made of stone, on courts that have been found from the Mayan ruins of Central America to Arizona. Thus we find a soccer dad walking the sidelines of a scuffed LA field, its goal lines swirling, nets strung loosely between daylight and the spirit world — Foster's inimitably fierce and powerfully evocative mix of the fantastic and the mundane.

Praise for Sesshu Foster's World Ball Notebook:

"Read this book and you will reach Nirvana in one hour. You will have become many lives, entered into the empty space of form and non-form, substance, texture and anti-being, you will have loved immense figures and you will have been spotted as a jazzy molecule in the stadium where all lives go to whirr and burn. A delicious lightening bolt of ecstatic urban Goddess-breath. This book is made of love. Read it now and be saved."
—Juan Felipe Herrera, author of 187 Reasons Mexicanos Can't Cross the Border and Thunderweavers / Tejedoras de Rayos

"This isn't the sweeping canvas of his previous novel, the masterful Atomik Aztex, it is, instead, a book of quiet, weirdly hilarious, yet searing moments. . . . It's a slowly stitched together collection of small incidents that gradually start to seem more defiant than random, more funny than futile."
—Hal Niedzviecki, Broken Pencil

“Foster’s work exists at the intersection of writing the continuous present and capturing singular moments within the flow of life. . . . These poems lift great silences off any small detail, whether in the world or in his imagination. And even though Foster’s work takes us to various places around the world, it remains focused on Los Angeles and that ‘infinite city’s requirements, distractions, possibilities.’”
—Craig Santos Perez, Pleiades
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