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  You could have a big dipper   

Growing Up Giving Up Homers by KG Newman

My mother paid someone else

to be my mother. My father felt

teaching the splitter

was sufficient enough. He said

if I ever wonder why my pitch

is too straight,

it’s a mystery of proximity.

Spread my fingers further

from the laces. Ask the au pair

to take me to practice

and on the way envision

success in the streaks

out a highway window.

Whatever’s bothering me,

put it off. Remember

this spin is proprietary.

No, my hand is not

turning into a hologram.


KG Newman is a sportswriter who covers the Broncos and Rockies for The Denver Post. His first three collections of poems are available on Amazon. The Arizona State University alum is on Twitter @KyleNewmanDP and more info and writing can be found at He lives in Hidden Village, Colorado, with his wife and two kids.

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