Hits and Sacrifices by Bruce Niedt


Spend some time with Bruce Niedt’s baseball poems. Get to know ’em, pick out your favorites. They’ll become as familiar and comforting as the players in that big league lineup from your youth that still shows up in your dreams.

-Mike Shannon, Editor, Spitball Magazine


As the first poem in this collection observes, every spring brings with it another receding hairline of snow beckoning us to take our seats in the bleachers. Bruce Niedt fields his team with a cast of characters that encompasses everyone from the steely-eyed closer to the guy hawking ice cream in the stands. Niedt is adept at adapting poetic forms to crystallize every aspect of the game, from the home team slump to the pitch that killed. He weaves the lore, superstitions, and drama of baseball into a big win for those who love the game.

-Tammy Paolino, Poet and Journalist


Bruce W. Niedt’s new poetry collection, Hits and Sacrifices, is the next best thing to a live ballgame. As the signal between a pitcher and catcher transmutes to the glance between a guy and girl on the subway home; as an interned Japanese-American boy almost hits “a homer over the barbed wire fence”; as the August moon hangs like “a giant fly ball moving/on an imperceptible upward arc into the evening”- Niedt shows us that to know baseball is to know America. With humor, tenderness, and vivid imagery, Niedt brings us home to the diamond that democratizes us, all – from his groundskeeper, vendors, and fans to Mickey Mantle and Walt Whitman. His legends – of magic mud, the ball that never comes down, the bird clipped midair by a fastball – will surprise, touch, and enchant baseball fans, poetry lovers, and the newly initiated, alike. To borrow Bruce Niedt’s words about a hibernating ballpark: “Everything here echoes.”

-Susanna Rich, Emmy-nominated poet for Craig Lindvahl’s Cobb Field: A Day at the Ballpark

Rating: ***** [5 of 5 Stars!]








Hits and Sacrifices

by Bruce Niedt

$12.49, paper

Bruce W. Niedt is a southern New Jersey native, husband, father of four sons, and recently retired civil servant. His poetry has appeared in nearly a hundred journals and magazines, including Writer’s Digest, The Lyric, Lucid Rhythms, Spitball, Chantarelle’s Notebook, US 1 Worksheets, Edison Literary Review, Journal of New Jersey Poets, and Schuylkill Valley Journal. His work has also appeared in anthologies such as Best of the Barefoot Muse and Poem Your Heart Out. Among his awards and honors are two Pushcart Prize nominations, two nominations for the Sundress Best of the Net Award, and the ByLine Short Fiction and Poetry Prize.

Rating: ***** [5 of 5 Stars!]


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