The Urgent Center Expands
The urgent center expands,
takes the newspaper as its skin.
As it went in history,
so ran the NFC wildcard game.
The religiopolitical Saints
overran the astrological Rams.
Aside from that, the story was familiar and unchanged.
The linemen were terrifying,
though easily persuaded, hulks.
The receivers were handy
with the razor and the getaway.
The running backs went straight home
and would be foremen someday.
And the quarterback was the driven patrician
with nothing but an immense promise
and an immense burden for a life.
- Colin Dodds 2014
Colin Dodds grew up in Massachusetts and completed his education in New York City. He’s the author of several novels, including WINDFALL and The Last Bad Job, which the late Norman Mailer touted as showing “something that very few writers have; a species of inner talent that owes very little to other people.” Dodds’ screenplay, Refreshment, was named a semi-finalist in the 2010 American Zoetrope Contest. His poetry has appeared in more than a hundred publications, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife Samantha. You can find more of his work at thecolindodds.com.