The kind you’re born with, the kind you choose, the kind that teach Catholic school
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Jerry D. Mathes II’s most recent book is a poetry collection titled The Journal West, and he is the recipient of a Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship. He once worked as a cargo specialist at the South Pole, where he taught the southernmost poetry workshop in the world. He lives with his wife and their two daughters in Boise, Idaho.
In sixth grade I played football in rural Ash Creek, Arizona. My family had just moved there from a suburb of Phoenix, and my only prior experience with football had been when my dad would toss one around with my two younger brothers and me, drilling me in the chest with hard passes.