Sport has always been central to the movements of both the
nation-state and the people who resist that nation-state.
Think of the Roman Colosseum, Jesse Owens's four gold-medal
victories in the 1936 Nazi Olympics, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's
protest at the 1968 Olympics, and the fallout Colin Kaepernick
suffered as a result of his recent protest on the sidelines of
an NFL game. Sport is a place where the body and the mind
are the most dangerous because they are allowed to be
unified as one energy.Bodies Built for Game brings together
poems, essays, and stories that challenge our traditional ideas of
sport and question the power structures that athletics enforce.
What is it that drives us to athletics? What is it that makes us
break our own bodies or the bodies of others as we root for these
unnatural and performed victories? Featuring contributions from a
diverse group of writers, including Hanif Abdurraqib, Fatimah
Asghar, Reginald Dwayne Betts, Louise Erdrich, Toni Jensen, Ada
Limón, Tommy Orange, Claudia Rankine, Danez Smith, and Maya
Washington, this book challenges America by questioning its games.