Mark Yakich
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.

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    Reading a Poem: 20 Strategies

    A guide for the perplexed

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    What Is a Poem?

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