Daniel Donaghy is the author of two poetry collections: Start with the Trouble (University of Arkansas Press, 2009) and Streetfighting (BkMk Press, 2005), which was a Paterson Prize Finalist. He is currently working on a short-fiction collection. 
Jun 01 2009
I was eight years old and just strong enough to slip a shot over the lip of the rim when I heaved it just right. I don’t know how CJ missed me standing at the edge of the playground’s blacktop, crook of my right arm squeezing a basketball, but he did. I wanted to hide or run past them and up to my parents’ apartment, but I ended up backing up to the fence and sitting on my heels like I was watching TV.