Lesynski’s rollicking collection celebrates the sport of soccer.
This ebullient compilation of more than 50 poems will inspire and entertain soccer enthusiasts, whether they are novice or expert players. From the commiseration offered to players who must persevere through squalls in “Rain Game” to the whimsical “Turf Burn,” which comically describes the perils of artificial grass, Lesynski’s verse explores the gamut of soccer experiences. The format varies, with verses that range from brief and succinct, such as the sole line comprising “The Concussion Discussion,” to the lengthier “How to Be a Referee,” which pays homage to the dedication of game officials. In “Over,” Lesynski declares that “Remembering the fun we had / will last... / and last…”—delivering an apt reminder for young athletes to enjoy playing the game, regardless of who wins or loses. Rasmussen’s comic-book–style illustrations burst across the pages in a medley of vibrant hues. His humorous vignettes complement the playful poems.
Together, art and verse adeptly capture the appeal of this popular sport. (Poetry. 6-10)