Adrian Matejka Prize Fighter I love horses because they will outrun the fastest man. They are majestic, as stately as a Saturday woman before a party. Horses smell like what it means to be fast: sweat & gravel kicked up on early morning runs. The in & out of breath like gravel in tired lungs. I groomed & raced horses from Texas to Boston until one broke my leg bone with a sideways kick. I can't ride horses anymore but even if I could, we've got these automobiles now that can carry us a mile in a minute. I'm buying the fastest automobile I can find once I get my money together. In the ring, I'm like an automobile. My fists work like cranked-up engines. I've got the kind of elasticity other fighters dream about after I put them to sleep on the canvas. When I clinch a man, it's like being swaddled in forgiveness. 30 When I hook a man, it's like being hit by frustration. I can't tell if horses are happy or confounded by the new means of locomotion, but I can say with certainty my prizefighting cohorts are decidedly dissatisfied by my presence. Alias
Prairie Schooner – University of Nebraska Press
Published: Apr 11, 2012
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