Remembering the night Julio Cesar Chavez all but massacred the former Auburn Champion.

A scrapper from some rough sticks in Auburn, Greg Haugen willed himself to be one of boxing's greatest self-created stories. With a scant professional record outside of Alaska, he was seen as an easy defense for Jimmy…


You could do worse than a Ukrainian Jimmy Young as heavyweight champ. Overmatched in weight, yet fleet of hands and cagey, Olexandr Usyk reminded this fight fan of the Philadelphia heavyweight contender of the late ’70s in his mostly impressive victory over Anthony Joshua. Young achieved his greatest fame in…


As the son of a white feminist mother and the nephew of two adopted Jewish feminist aunts, I can't say that my experiences in the black neighborhoods of Lakewood and Tacoma, Washington were paradise. They were safer spaces for us than the rest of the state, however. There were familiar…


The paranoid, pathological touchiness of brothers writing literary fiction in the '80s wasn't lost on the poor and working-class women in Tacoma( and a hellcat of a writer a few of them helped raise.)

The panel he put the women on looked like a dock, and I have never gotten…


The spectacular poems of Richard Wilbur’s Things of this World will last long after his pleasant pastoral ballads have faded from memory. Published in 1956, the collection of form and structured free verse centered on the New England countryside made him a superstar, establishing a template for Wilbur and modern…


Brief notes on the former champ’s painful 1st round knockout loss

The tragedy of Evander Holyfield is one whose great themes are faith and pain. From an Atmore Alabama abandoned by modernity, then the industrial complex hell of the Bowen Homes housing projects, Holyfield depended on his faith to deliver…


My Favorite Poems: “In the Naked Bed, In Plato’s Cave

How Delmore Schwartz Made Reason Beautiful.

Every time I re-read Delmore Schwartz, I am humbled by how much he had to carry. For a good deal of his early career, he served as a titular figure in the fight against…


Evander Holyfield’s comeback fight against Vito Belfort brings back frightening memories of the former California contender’s last fight and steep decline.

Bellflower, California is a four-and-a-half-hour flight to Evander Holyfield’s Atlanta, Georgia. Founded in 1906, It was a farming community for the bulk of the century, drawing immigrants of all…


He was the first person my age to tell me to grow up. I was 17 and hadn’t lived in the neighborhood for two years, but would come back to do dirt every chance I could. When my mother was working, I would take the same bus I took when…


Almost 10 years after her passing, Amy Winehouse’s music shows her to be an honored guest of the culture.

Like her cross-cultural ancestors ( Dusty Springfield, Laura Nyro, Teena Marie) Amy Winehouse was an R&B wonk, a diligent stylist whose cognitive appreciation for the genre endeared her to many a…

Robert Lashley

Writer. Author. Former Jack Straw and Artist Trust Fellow. The baddest ghetto nerd on the planet.

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