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Social Spoken: Patrick Rosal on Technology's Impact on Boxing

by John Earnhardt

The fifth poet in our summer poetry series is Patrick Rosal. Rosal's poem, "Saturday Night Card," tells the story of how the video replay of boxing matches connects him and his cousins in the Philippines.

Rosal is the author of three full-length poetry collections: Boneshepherds (forthcoming), My American Kundiman (2006), and Uprock Headspin Scramble and Dive (2003). His collections have been honored with the Association of Asian American Studies Book Award, Global Filipino Literary Award, and the Asian American Writers Workshop Members' Choice Award. In 2009, he was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to the Philippines. He is currently on the faculty of Rutgers University-Camden's MFA program.

"On Tuesday, after dinner, before [my cousin] naps for the graveyard shift, we get to crowd around a secondhand computer screen and play back the best of last month's welterweights."

—Patrick Rosal

All of the original poems in our series focus on the real-life uses and impact of the network on our daily lives. We will publish a poem each Friday throughout the summer. We hope you have a great summer, and we hope that this series gives you a little different way of learning about the power of the network in our lives.

Other poets featured in this series are: Aneta Brodski, Bob Holman, Rachna Vohra, Aja Monet, Mahogany Browne, Jon Sands, Tahani Salah, Shappy Seasholtz, and Edwin Torres.  The dates of the poems are listed here.

Our first poet in the series was Aneta Brodski.  You can view Aneta's poem here.
Our second poet in the series was Rachna Vohra. You can view Rachna's poem here.
Our third poet in the series was Aja Monet. You can view Aja's poem here.
Our fourth poet in the series was Jon Sands. You can view Jon's poem here.

More info on Rosal here. Follow him on Twitter @patrickrosal.

The Network: Cisco's Technology News Site worked with Ironbound Films to produce a series of original poems written and performed by some of the best spoken word poets in the world. All performances were filmed at the famous Bowery Poetry Club in Manhattan.