Monday, June 23, 2008

Suitcase of Courage

Phil Liggett, a man with couleur in his voice, a man who appreciates a decent chamois, a man for whom the Tour de France is as much Homer-ian epic as it is a contest for le Malliot Jaune, a man who has led us through most every major international tour since 1977 and raced for 12 years before that, a man with Paul Newman-caliber blues, is as well a man with poetry in his soul, and also in print. An excerpt:

Dancing on the Pedals: The Found Poetry of Phil Liggett, The Voice of Cycling: Phil Liggett, Doug Donaldson: Books
Daily Dichotomy
Very light winds
and very hot indeed
it will be an easy day
to destroy yourself.
-Stage 17, 1996

Eat your coeur out, Baudelaire.

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