“The God Shammgod” A Poem by Will Shook-Shoup

The God Shammgod[1]

First:
See all. Father, Mother, Son.
Homonymy of
weight and wait.

Then:
drop ball w/ right.

[In-time aside: homonymy of Kyrie
Irving, kyriarchy (concept), and the kyrie eleison.]

Then:
Step right and reach w/ left
and hard cross, yes
skid, Cross
and break the ankles                               
so the other slips and falls.
Ankles into dust ashamed.

The soul leaves the body.

After, lastly: go
to hoop on yo-yo
finish w/ the left w/ English
ball-spin
on homonymy
of axis and axes
off the glass
for two.

Do this:
punish, paint, praise the flat plane
that separates the generations.
Do this in remembrance of me.

[1] God Shammgod was a late-1990s basketball player from New York City and is a current assistant coach for the Dallas Mavericks. Shammgod is oft credited with the invention of many influential 90s handles (dribble moves), most notably the eponymous “Shammgod”—a move so closely associated with him that it has been known under no other name but his these past 20 years. God Shammgod is his legal name. For more information about this particular arena of basketball artistry, watch the following video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajuN0xSt08 (“The Shammgod: How God Shammgod’s Legendary Crossover Lives on in Today’s Stars”).


Will Shook-Shoup is a poet, theorist, NBA basketball enthusiast, and recent graduate of the MFA at Eastern Washington University. He lives in Spokane, Washington.

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