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The Iowa School of Letters award for short fiction) I. Title. II. Series. 5'4 78-160507 ISBN 0-87745-089-7 ISBN 0-87745-090-0 pbk. University of Iowa Press, Iowa City 52242 �1978 by The University of Iowa. All rights reserved Printed in the United States of America Prize money for the Award is provided by a grant from the Iowa Arts Council. Page v TO MY MOTHER AND FATHER Page vii Contents The Story 1 With Horse People 2 Her Hair 6 Terror 9 The Rules 18 Submarine Warfare on the Upper Mississippi 19 Tact 23 The Gardener's Story 24 Three Places 27 Love Poems 33 Bread Murder 34 I'm Sorry That You're Dead 36 Entry 44 Waiting for the Freedom Train 45 The Milwaukee Poets 49 Cello 52 The Bicycle That Went Mad 53 A Regular Old Time Miser 58 The Wish-Fulfillment Camera 60 Background Music 69 The Labors of Love 71 A Very Short Story 77 A Nest of Hooks 78 What Happened to Bill Day?
And yet the woman's body seemed to him to move in perfect harmony with the horse: formal, controlled. Her jaw was set with concentration, and her lips were tight and pale. Her eyes looked straight ahead without emotion. From behind the far wall came the muffled sounds of the farrier's hammer pounding a shoe into shape. The man's feet were growing painfully cold. He stamped on the concrete and thought about horses' hooves and iron shoes. The woman was taking the horse across low jumps now. The man was hungry and cold, but watched her for a while more, his throat tightening each time she approached the hurdle.
He said. "I liked him at first. Page 13 He seemed what a farrier should be. " "You were expecting Felix Randal," she laughed. It was the truth. "Kay wants to sleep with him," the woman said. Kay was her best friend among the horse people. " He couldn't figure her out. And later, when he had returned from New York and she talked about living together, he felt a sudden panic which must have shown on his face, for she had laughed out loud. Later, he changed his mind, but thought that she had changed, too, and so he said nothing, and they just slid along in a relationship that kept him constantly confused and uneasy, even when most happy.