Faast It was in an empty lot Ringed by elms and fir and honeysuckle. Bill Corson was pitching in his buckskin jacket, Chuck

Faast

It was in an empty lot
Ringed by elms and fir and honeysuckle.
Bill Corson was pitching in his buckskin jacket,
Chuck Keller, fat even as a boy, was on first,
His t-shirt riding up over his gut,
Ron O’Neill, Jim, Dennis, were talking it up
In the field, a blue sky above them
Tipped with cirrus.
And there I was,
Just off the plane and plopped in the middle
Of Williamsport, Pa. and a neighborhood game,
Unnatural and without any moves,
My notions of baseball and America
Growing fuzzier each time I whiffed.
—“How I Learned English,”
Gregory Djanikan
Read the passage and answer the questions about narrative elements.
Where is the poem set?
When does the action occur?
Who is the main character?
What is the narrator’s major conflict?


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