Amorak Huey

Captain Picard Teaches My Son to Throw a Football

Picard is talking about visualization. Imagine the ball leaving your fingers, he says, imagine spin, trajectory, destination. Then make it so. My son rolls his eyes. He just wants to throw. Kirk was a way better captain, he says. My son values deed over word. My son believes in kicking problems in the face. Picard is unbothered, tireless. His example toss transcribes a perfect helix. Everything he says contains multiple layers of wisdom. He describes the route he will run, tells my son to count to four before firing to the outside shoulder. Down, set, engage, he says. My son’s throw hits Picard in the back of the head. The spiral, the bald spot, the ball bouncing away. The lesson proceeds.


Amorak Huey, a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, is author of the poetry collections Ha Ha Ha Thump (Sundress, 2015) and Boom Box (Sundress, forthcoming in 2019) as well as the chapbooks The Insomniac Circus (Hyacinth Girl, 2014) and A Map of the Farm Three Miles from the End of Happy Hollow Road (Porkbelly, 2016). He is also co-author with W. Todd Kaneko of the textbook Poetry: A Writer’s Guide and Anthology(Bloomsbury, 2018) and teaches writing at Grand Valley State University in Michigan.