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A Fatal Grace, Part 2
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So much of running this organization is the financial limitations. Funding on revenues is the only way it will work.

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Oakland is gradually losing its hold on revenue-sharing, the system Major League Baseball uses to redistribute income from richer teams to poorer teams. The best and really only hope to boost revenue is a new ballpark, and the team has said a stadium site will be announced this year. With the potential for a bigger budget to stock a new ballpark with a winning team, Beane might, for the first time in his career, be able to wrap up a number of key players to long-term deals.

He enjoys the challenges of reformulating teams even more than the winning seasons. And if fans see the vision, they get excited. Few pro sports executives last as long as Beane and Sabean, so the question is: Will Beane be around to enjoy his most recent rebuild? Or a new stadium? His contract runs through and, while Beane is happy in his position, those who know him well always have suspected that at some point he will want to pursue other challenges.

Susan Slusser is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.

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Email: sslusser sfchronicle. Billy has challenged everyone in the industry to examine different ways of evaluating players, putting together front office staffs and scouting staffs, coaching staffs. More on the A's. Photo: Michael Macor, The Chronicle. I try to write in a very plainspoken way. And I try to start very straightforwardly and then get a little more complicated as I go along. One of my favorite analogies for the poem is it's like an eye chart.

So there's this big E in the beginning that everybody pretty much can see, we hope. And then the letters get smaller as you go along, and you reach in the doctor's office a point of illegibility. And I don't want the poem to be incomprehensible, but I think I want to make more demands on the reader later than earlier.

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I think a lot of reasons I stopped reading poems -- and that's something that we could even discuss -- is that, I don't know about you, but I don't finish reading very many poems. I mean, there are just a lot of deal breakers there. And one deal breaker would be starting in Oz. Tom mentioned I like to start in Kansas and travel with the reader to Oz, but if a poem starts in Oz or in Wonderland with a croquet game with flamingos in the first line, it's just … I'd like to be taken there, but I don't want to just suddenly be thrust into this paracosm, or whatever. I'll bet if I throw a question at you as a former editor — and editor today, but a long career in editing — and I tell my students that when editors are reading manuscripts of poetry, they're not looking for particularly great literature or mind-blowing imagery; they're looking for a reason to stop reading, so they can get on to the next manuscript. Because there's a pile of them, right? It happens very quickly. And the poets that I have worked with have the same sort of approach that you do — Virginia Hamilton Adair, Deborah Garrison, you primarily and premierly, if that's an adverb.

There's a kind of way of making you go on. Robert Frost is another fine example. And there are classical examples, too. You're a master of that in your poetry. And you can see the evidence here; people come to hear you which is pretty unusual.

And I think it's precisely because you have a sense of getting interest and keeping it and then, as you say, becoming a little more complicated later on. But you've built the foundation so that the dome that you didn't see when you were traveling around Westchester ….

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I like to put demands on the reader that the reader needs to kind of see that something odd is going on and they need to pay a little more attention as a kind of maneuver or a head fake somewhere in the poem. But I don't want to get the reader early on; I want to start, like dance class, we start on the same foot and then we move ahead. I remember that she once said to me that trying to do something serious in a way that will capture an audience's attention is a little bit like being a juggler or an entertainer on stage.

You keep the bowling pins going in different permutations, and at the same time you're trying to tell the audience something, communicate something serious. I think that aspect of a little bit of show business is common to all great poets. The poem you just read about the poet and the reader never having met, but they're together anyway and you're speaking to them, and you don't want them to walk out of the room.

In the introduction to his book of poems he said, "I'm sorry that I wrote these down.

You probably would have eventually. It just so happened to be me instead of you. But he's bluffing and being ridiculously humble. But he's sort of proposing an ideal world in which we're all poets and eventually, like the monkeys eventually writing Hamlet , that eventually we would write all the poems in the world.


But eventually means forever in this case. I don't know if you realize that. I have a poem, a much earlier poem called "Questions About Angels," which is clearly about … It begins being about that question of how many angels can dance on the head of a pin, which was a question made up to mock the kind of scholastic, analytic theology that was popular in the Middle Ages and at Holy Cross in the s. She sways like a branch in the wind, her beautiful eyes closed, and the tall thin bassist leans over to glance at his watch because she has been dancing forever, and now it is very late, even for musicians.

I think it's a subtle revolt against the rigors of my Catholic education. But it's coupled with, to me anyway, a sense of loneliness. Well, there are two things there.


I'm always alone in my poems. I was talking about deal breakers or when I cut out of a poem, and there are a couple of words themselves that'll stop me from going any further. One of them would be that whole — well, like Grandpa or Dad. I'm just gone, I just turn the page. I just think of the poetry … Just write a memoir or write a novel or a short story. There's nobody in my poems. That's the reason you're detecting loneliness.

Occasionally, I write about my parents, but they're dead.

When I wrote about them, they were dead. And if it's a love poem, there's some love interest there.

But I want to be alone with the reader, see? And the more people you have in your poem, the less alone you are with the reader. And that's why I appear to be lonely.

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I'm not really lonely. I'm not that alone. He is very much satisfied with the world around him, and he's one of these characters, he's ready to be delighted, always. He's not always delighted, but he's always ready to be delighted. And I think if he had a theology — I don't think he has one, but I think if he had a theology, his theology would be that there was a creator of some kind, but there's no afterlife.

And that the creator would say to the earthlings, "You want an afterlife, too?