Summer 1980 • Vol. II No. 3 Poetry |

Miler

        for Steve Prefottaine, American distance runner         and Olympic hopeful, killed in a car crash, 1975 Drumming up birds, the rising Swivel of bears, sudden Bumping of rabbits, his gait Went wild on Oregon trails. His stir was tribal, flattened The long cats, breezed A fang. His run stammered With hooves, primitive code. Through stares, around the bob Of lilac, he struggled up Where thighs balloon with clouds, Among the doe, upwind. His slope brought rain, full-bodied Cry: skinflint gravity Searched him. He paid his steep Dues, left his shine. He urged his craft through lanes On tracks with smoother men, Slickers with oily strides, And polished them off like trophies. Ungainly class, all angles And pump, he stylized Pummel and raid, such land: His surest bound was heart.Victories climbed like salmon But around the turns his lean Went wary, as if he feared Head on an opposite speed. They shortened his name to yell It faster, Pre, Pre; What ha

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