Love Reports to Spring Training

By Linda Kittell

Turning Point Books, 2013, 64 pages, $16.20


Linda Kittell earned her M.F.A. degree in creative writing at UM in 1976, a year that meant she studied with the late Richard Hugo. Sure enough, near the back of this collection is a letter poem in the Hugo style, “Letter to Hugo from Payette, Idaho, Killebrew Field,” written as a resonant take-off on a famous Hugo poem. Kittell’s subject is a baseball pitcher, and the arc of his career runs through the poems. Kittell teaches at Washington State University. Missoula writer Bryan Di Salvatore writes of the work, “Kittell’s words shine like new nickels… This is American English, wild and actual.”

Book Cover: Love Reports to Spring Training
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