A Reimagining of Kobe Bryant's Farewell Poem, 'Dear Basketball,' Using His Own Words
Huffington Post - about 1 year
The world has not been kind to Kobe Bryant's poem.
The Black Mamba announced his retirement via ode the other day, and, in discussing it, almost everyone channeled their inner literary critic long enough for a potshot or two at Kobe's literary chops.
Rolling Stone mocked it with the headline "Kobe Bryant Rages Against the Dying of the Light in Retirement Poem" and our favorite quip came from The Peach Basket, which tweeted that "it was like if a Robert Frost poem took its own sense of self-satisfaction and used it to assault a John Donne love poem."
But not everyone was a detractor. Poetry Professor Nick Twenlow was quoted in the New York Times saying, "It's not the worst poem I ever read." Poet Jameson Fitzpatrick praised the tube sock imagery, and none other than the walking poetry machine formerly known as Ron Artest, Bryant's teammate Metta World Peace, told Lakers beat reporter Mark Medina, "Kobe can write. He's a better writer than you."
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