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The Sadness of the Yankees Fan

During yesterday’s fourth straight loss for the New York Yankees, we were reminded of this David Shields poem, from Issue 43, Games People Play. May the “gorgeous dream” never die . . .




The sadness

of the Yankees fan


in his knowledge

that his gorgeous dream

is made of money.

This is America, though:

capital of capitalism.

I was once

wildly in lust

with a girl

fond of saying

it’s not the bulge in front;

it’s the bulge in back.

So too,

I’ve lived my life for art,

which I know

is not immemorial.

Illusion, baby, illusion—

whatever the cost.


David Shields is the New York Times bestselling author of fifteen books, including Salinger (co-written by Shane Salerno); How Literature Saved My Life; Reality Hunger, named one of the best books of 2010 by more than thirty publications; The Thing About Life Is That One Day You’ll Be Dead; Black Planet; Remote, winner of the PEN/Revson Award; and Dead Languages, winner of the PEN Syndicated Fiction Award. He lives with his wife and daughter in Seattle, where he is the Milliman Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at the University of Washington.

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