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IN THE BATTING CAGEby Lynne McMahon
An Audible Anthology
Though the once seen, now unseen, may drop away
and hitter and spectator sigh,
complaining that the light distorts
the arc of flight, the blinking electric eye that says
the mechanism upthrusting its miraculous arm
disarms even the most alert --
it's meant to hurt your pride --
you nevertheless take the plate
and set the dial at Triple-A.
Did he play? the teenaged boy with batting glove
Lynne McMahon is a professor of English at the University of Missouri. Her third book of poems, All Quail to the Wallowing,will be published next year.
Copyright © 1998 by The Atlantic Monthly Company. All rights reserved.
The Atlantic Monthly; April 1998; Winter Barn; Volume 281, No. 4; page 92.