A book of poetry about squash? Oh boy.
That was my first thought. But I’ve known Richard Millman, the author of “Angles, A Squash Anthology,” for over 20 years, and part of me just knew this squash poetry book would be something unique. Not because it is about the game we all know and love, but because Richard exudes passion for the sport of squash like few others on the planet.
The reality? You owe it to yourself, your children who play, your coaches, and your sheer desire to compete to pick up this 64-page one-sitting read and take notes while soaking in all that it has to offer.
Not only are the poems well-written, but they also offer insight into the minds of champions; tidbits on what it takes to achieve goals; how the determination to win can and must coexist with good sportsmanship; and what your roles as coach, parent and player really are.
But even more than the poems themselves, and the people for whom they were written, the anecdotes following the poems bring the reasons and messages behind them into crystal clear focus. Add to that the introduction of some of the greatest players in the history of our great game, and you have a neat little book that ought to be in your squash bag rather than on your bookshelf.