Is there a poetry in the prose of pro athletes?

Writers Pasha Malla and Jeffrey Parker on Erratic Fire, Erratic Passion — their new collection of poems made up entirely of quotes from athletes.
Rasheed Wallace's "infamous" 2004 post-game press conference appears, almost verbatim, in a new poetry collection. (Mike Blake/Reuters)

It's a cliché to say athletes speak to the media in clichés, but a new book is trying to prove there can be poetry in athletic prose. 

Erratic Fire, Erratic Passion is the name of a new collection of poems made up entirely of quotes from athletes — and it's surprisingly revealing.

Writers Pasha Malla and Jeffrey Parker join Shad to explain their project and why it's so unusual for athletes to transcend soundbites and interview clichés. 


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