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Don Share wrote in response to Michael Robbins:
And then B. [Walter Benjamin] says, commenting on the "ancient lament that the masses seek distraction whereas art demands concentration from the spectator...."
Here's a spectator absorbed by art...


Bob Kaul was in the apparel business for 40 years and on retiring he discovered poetry. On Sunday evening he was reading Richard Ellman’s Yeats: The Man and The Mask in section 224, aisle 3, seat 102 at Wrigley Field. I just happened to sit behind him. (BTW, the Cubbies beat the Cardinals 6-2.)
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Originally Published: August 14th, 2008

Emily Warn was born in San Francisco and grew up in California and Detroit. She earned degrees from Kalamazoo College and the University of Washington. Her full-length collections of poetry include The Leaf Path (1982), The Novice Insomniac (1996), and Shadow Architect (2008). She has published two chapbooks: The Book...

  1. August 14, 2008
     Lydia Olidea

    Okay, I'll point out the obvious: "Man Reading Yeats Ellman."

  2. August 14, 2008
     Matt

    Great. More fuel to the fire of the stereotype that fans at Wrigley don't pay attention to the game.

  3. August 14, 2008
     Mark Eleveld

    Actually...one of the (very) long-time beer vendors at Wrigley is a failry famous Chicago poet. Has great pieces that WTTW has played extensively on the destruction of old Comiskey as well as pieces on Wrigley Field ... poet Bob Chico.

  4. August 14, 2008
     Michael Robbins

    Reading criticism at a baseball game is clearly a third-order activity. Also, Professor Ellmann would like Harriet to spell his name correctly. As for the Cubs, Professor Ellmann notes on p. 42 of his fine study that in his opening address to the Dublin Hermetic Society, Yeats said, "I warn you that on the road to truth lurks many a dragon & goblin of mischief in wait for the soul. Miracle hunger is one of them."

  5. August 14, 2008
     Don Share

    I suppose Yeats would have understood from his study of Theosophy that the Cubs are, like each of the world's religions, fellow travelers on the long road to spiritual perfection.

  6. August 14, 2008
     Edward Byrne

    If only Steve Bartman had been absorbed with reading Yeats in Aisle 4 Row 8 seat 113 during the 8th inning at game 6 of the championship series on October 14, 2003!

  7. August 14, 2008
     Bob Kaul

    I wasn't trying to tempt the fates,
    I was killing time reading about Yeats.
    The minute the anthem we fans did greet,
    Richard Ellmann went under the seat.
    This is not an excuse that's lame,
    I watched every play. It was a great game.

  8. August 15, 2008
     Jilly

    Abner Doubleday was a Theosophist & hung out with HPB.

  9. August 16, 2008
     Daniel Kaul

    As Bob's son I have to say,
    I cannot imagine that he would miss a play
    For years he has suffered so much pain
    Watching so many games in vain
    Yeats, engrossing as he may be,
    Cannot compete derek lee
    (Linda- you are next)

  10. August 18, 2008
     Emily Warn

    Calling all Kaul poets!
    Welcome to Harriet. You have your priorities straight--baseball before poetry.
    Thanks for your poems!
    Emily Warn