Mets Poet Archive 2009
New & Of Note! - Full Count Comes to Louisville!
- The Mets Poet, Frank
Messina, reads from his new book, Full
The Book of Mets Poetry.
at the Louisville Slugger Museum &
Factory the first ever poetry reading in the famed company's 125-year
history! This happens on the MLB
All-Star Game day, July 14th in the Pee Wee Reese Gallery
at 4:00PM, Frank will also sign his book at this historic event which
is free and open to the public! Click
Here for More Details!
& Of Note! - The Mets Poet at Barnes &
Noble Riverside Square - Reading and Book Signing of Full
Count: The Book of Mets Poetry..
will be held at the Barnes & Noble at the Shops at Riverside Square in Hackensack,
NJ on June 13th. Reading begins at 1:00 PM. Click
Here for More Info.
Check! - Frank
poetic this Saturday, May 2nd, 12:00 Noon, on SNY-TV's
Mets Weekly magazine show. Mets
Weekly is a video-magazine show providing fans with an exclusive,
behind-the-scenes look at the Mets
players and organization. Hosted by Julie Alexandria, Mets
Weekly premieres Saturday at 12:00 p.m. with repeats
during the rest of the week. The Mets
Poet leads off May 2nd and
runs through to May 7th. Click
Here for Program Schedule and Times!
New & Of Note! -
New Season, New Stadium, New Dreams - The
New York Mets start
the 2009 season at a new stadium.
Field is the
new home of the Amazin's and they'll be playing their first exhibition game against
the Boston Red Sox on April 3rd.
grand tandem fashion, "The
Met Poet", Frank Messina
will be celebrating the new
season with readings from his new book,
Full Count: The
Book of Mets Poetry.
will be a jam packed week of Messina Mets mirth starting at the
Happy Ending Lounge
Magazine, April 2, 8 PM then
a special appearence at The
Cornelia Street Cafe with
David Amram and Quartet on
April 6th, 8:30 PM.
April 8th finds
the Met Poet Live from Little
Italy on the
Giambotta Dolce Radio Show hosted
by Maryann Maisano,
broadcast live from Grotta
Azzurra Ristorante in
Little Italy at 8 PM
Wrapping the week up
it's The World Premiere
official reading and book
signing of Full
Count: The Book of Mets Poetry.
happenning at Barnes
& Noble 18th St NYC on
April 9th, 6 PM - 7:30 PM.
baseball and crazy women . . .
what more do I need?
Jerry Seinfeld, actor, comedian -
------- It's Here!
Count - The Book of Mets Poetry - The
new Frank Messina book takes us inside
the mind of a diehard Mets fan, who uses poetry as the means to express his love,
angst and suicidal delirium for America's favorite pastime...and particularly
for his team, the New York
Mets. From sheer panic to utter joy, this action-packed volume of over
one-hundred hilarious, sad and poignant poems about fathers, sons, crushed beer
cans and fed-up girlfriends grand-slams its way straight to the heart of anyone
who understands what it's like to be a true fan....of any team!
People are Saying About . . .
Count: The Book of Mets Poetry
The Poet Laureate of the Mets -
Messina has become a classic - The New
to any sports fan, a master work from a brilliant poet. -
Healey, Online Editor of Baseball
Digest Magazine, host of Baseball
brilliant collection of poetry written by an equally brilliant, entertaining and
knowledgeable writer! - Keith Hernandez,
is poetry as news, poetry as culture bop, poetry at work, really terrific work
- Bob Holman, The Bowery Poetry Club
No one would question a poet writing about
Love for a woman but when you're a fan of a team. the emotional attachment is
even stronger, because women come and go, but your team never changes.
- Joe Benigno, WFAN Sports Radio 66
your copy of
Full Count from
On February 16, 2008 at the Turning
Messina 40th Birthday Celebration gig the Insom cams
caught the Met Poet in revel and recount of Messina Mets moments. Click
Here To View the VidClip of , "Mets
Fan - Playing for The Mets"
Mets Poet Archive 2008
& Of Note! - Say So Long to Shea -
A misty day didn't stop a sell-out crowd from attending the Mets last game at
their home for 44 years, on September 28th. In true Mets Fan fashion, Frank
Messina was there
for that final day on the Diamond in Flushing Meadows where New York Times'
Corey Kilgannon caught up with "The
Here To Read Kilgannon's story, "Giving
Rhyme and Reason to Shea Stadiums Last Days."
Note! - Mets At The Movies! -
On May 21st The Chelsea Cinema in NYC hosts a sold out SNY
live ScreenVision broadcast when the Mets face the Atlanta Braves.
The Mets Poet, Frank
Messina will make a special appearance on stage for the pre-game festivities,
performing several Mets-related poems with percussionist extraordinaire Larry
McDonald. Also Of Note!
- The Mets Poet Hits The Road! - Frank
heads to San Francisco (June 2-4) and San Diego (June 5-8) to tape
selected Mets baseball-related poetry segments to be aired in SNY's
Video Features during the Mets 2008 baseball season.
New & Of Note! - Crack The Bat, Smell
The Leather, Taste The Glory! - Opening Day 2008
at Shea Stadium - The Amazin's touch home turf April 8th for
Home Opener at Shea Stadium against the 2007 Division Champs, The
Philadelphia Phillies. Game starts at 1:00 PM, SportsNet
NY will be there as will be The
Mets Poet! Play Ball!
New and Of Note! - Everything that is
done in the World is done by Hope - In the memory and legacy of
Dr. Martin Luther King the second annual Major League Baseball Civil Rights
Game featuring the New York Mets and Chicago White Sox will
be played on March 29th at AutoZone Park in Memphis, TN.
Civil Rights Game pays tribute to one of our country's most significant eras
of social change and honors MLB's involvement in the historic struggle of African-American
players who broke the race-barriers and made important contributions to American
Messina "The Mets Poet"
and fellow compatriot, Ron Whitehead will be in Memphis to attend the game
and bring poetic point to the after game festivities. Game starts at 4:00 PM
EST on ESPN.
New & Of Note! - Leap and Bound -
In this Leap Year 08' The Mets Poet,
Frank Messina makes way to Spring training in Port St. Lucie to see
the Amazin's get their game on, bound for a Pennant!
Mets Poet Archive 2007
& Of Note - 2007 Season?
Yea, Now But A Memory - "Some of the greatest poetry has been born
out of failure and the depths of adversity in the human experience."
The Mets melted down as September dwindled away along with their mid-month seven
game lead, The Mets were dealt the final blow on the last day of September, denying
them the opprtunity to stand in the October Sun on a play-off field.
Season is over for The Mets but the story goes on for The
Mets Poet, Frank Messina. Click
Here To Read David Shankbone's Interview with The
Met Poet and his reflect and recount of the apocalyptic Mets Meltdown
of 2007 at WikiNews
New & Of Note - Fuzzy Math - Or how 160+
ganes comes to a common denominator of one. " Chased
by Ghosts of Failure while staring through Victory's door" The
Mets Poet, Frank Messina, gets tapped by New
York Tines' Corey Kilgannon in his 9/29 feature, "A
Poet of The Mets Versifies Gloom." It's not over till
the last out makes the scoreboard, until then, the phrase remains the same . .
. "Ya' Gotta Believe!"
New & Of Note!
"The Mets Poet",
will be appearing as a special guest during the Mets
vs. Phillies Live SNY Broadcast Wednesday, August 29th at 6:00 p.m
at The Clearview's Ziegfeld Theatre 54th Street (btw. 6th and 7th) NYC.Admission
is $10 and includes two Mets games tickets to a September matchup vs. the Braves
with each admission. Click
Here to order tickets on-line.
New & Of Note!
- Sooth From Shea Stadium -
Met Poet" Frank
Messina waxes poetic
Mets Weekly magazine show with special guest, world reknown percussionist,
Larry McDonald (Dub Is A Weapon, Antibalis, Spoken Motion,
Gil Scott Heron, Bob Marley). The Mets Weekly
show runs on Saturday 6/16, 12:30 PM (just before the Yanks/Mets afternoon
game) and Sunday 6/17 at 6:30 PM and 11:30 PM (EST) Don't miss the
fun from the comfort of your own living room...or favorite sports bar!
New & Of Note!
With the 2007 Baseball Season in full swing, "The
Mets Poet", Frank Messina is back in
the stands cheering the Amazin's on. As in the 2006 season, SportsNet
New York is catching "The Met Poet"
on the run, at the Ball Park and about town, tapping him for some Mets sooth as
the 07' season steams along. Catch him on the SNY magazine show, "Mets
Weekly" on Saturdays and Sundays. Click
Here for SNY's " broadcast schedule for air times.Also
Of Note! On August 4, 2006, Frank Messina sat in
with David Amram and the Trio to read his Mets/Baseball Poetry at The
Cornelia Street Cafe'. This evening of SpokeSoul Baseball prose also ran
on SNY Magazine show, Mets Weekly.
Click Here to View the VidClip .
The Mets and Everything Poetry!
do Jerry Seinfeld, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and poet Frank Messina have in common?
They're all 'Mutts'. While Jerry sports his favorite crumpled Mets hat to celebrity
shindigs, Hizzoner Bloomberg never fails to remind his predecessor and pal, Rudy
Giuliani, that the 'Kings of Queens' now rule New York. However, Messina turns
his love for America's favorite past time into quick-witted verse, much of which
is devoted to the long-tortured Mets fan.
Messina SpokeSoul Baseball Prose
for The Mets
more on Frank Messina, go to www.spokeface.com