as we ﬂee from our inside perspective to a new understanding that God wants His people, in their overweening pride, to hasten through doors and do His work meekly, not inside churches but outside. Tana Jean Welch What Remains Bulls with bells around their necks, large black bulls ﬂipping over in dust, dancing with yards of yellow silk. Her father carrying her through the gates of the arena, an easel strapped to his back, a warm churro in her small ﬁst. Bulls slowly turning red at the bite of each lance. People outside the arena, shouting, turning red under buckets of insincere blood, to make a point, her father said. People inside cheering, waving white handkerchiefs, hoping to be thrown a tail or a hoof. After his death, the girl spent months trying to believe in ghosts, in something that smelled like her father: Old Spice, Budweiser, linseed—she managed to muster a phantom father dragging his old brushes and paint over canvas, an exact likeness who stayed in nightclothes till dinner, smashed empty beer cans— But soon enough her mother sold the last painting 143 and the spirit sped away, popping wheelies on a damaged motorcycle without saying so
Prairie Schooner – University of Nebraska Press
Published: Oct 15, 2011
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