Mark Yakich

Mark Yakich teaches creative writing at Loyola University New Orleans and edits New Orleans Review. His most recent poetry collection is The Importance of Peeling Potatoes in Ukraine.
  • Mini Object Lesson: The Football Play

    “Put that to music,” intoned NBC analyst Chris Collinsworth, after wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.’s one-handed catch for a touchdown last November. Video of the play went viral, and soon fans young and old tried to emulate Beckham’s ballet-like catch in playgrounds and backyards everywhere.

    It was a beautiful feat. A dazzling one. Some called it poetic. And although it has been heralded as a one-of-a-kind catch, it joins a list of other one-of-a-kind catches and all-time great plays collected on highlight reels. But besides oohing and aahing over such moments, what more is there to say?

    As a literature professor, I find myself watching football in poetic terms.

  • Arnd Wiegmann / Reuters

    Reading a Poem: 20 Strategies

    A guide for the perplexed

  • Wikimedia Commons

    What Is a Poem?

    You read it; it reads you. An Object Lesson.