In 2010, the Poetry Trust, an organization that promotes poetry in the U.K., hired a Matt Harvey as the first Wimbledon Championship Poet. For a fortnight, fans of rhyme and meter were treated to poems about female champions and hymns about grass lawns. Here’s a short excerpt:
did ever any lawn receive
such close attention to its needs
bespoke mixes of soil and seeds
- of Pontiac and Jessica -
the sheer unlikelihood of weeds
As near as we can tell, the Poetry Trust did not send Matt Harvey, or any other poet, to chronicle the 125th Championships at Wimbledon in 2011, so we’ll just have to make due with a repeat of Bill’s conversation with Harvey from last summer.