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June 12, 2012

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Love this in its own great voice!

Catherine, first of all, I REALLY enjoy your basketball/poetry/life posts; never fail to appreciate your guest week(s) on BAP. If anyone gets a BAP sneaker deal, it should be you.

Secondly, I thought I'd drop a name on you (just as I dropped most of those passes thrown to me in basketball games of yore) that might be fun for you.

Caki Wilkinson is a young poet who won the Vassar Miller Prize a couple of years ago for her book of poems, CIRCLES WHERE THE HEAD SHOULD BE. The connection is that Caki was also an all-state point guard for her high school team in Tennessee two years in a row (can't remember if they won the state title or not). She's a delightful person and a wickedly good poet.

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