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        But then there’s the beauty of the rodeo:    the buck and nod,            that arch and stretch        against gravity.    A bronco’s no square peg,and neither am I.        Pegs or no, we both flex                our more resistant muscles—        strong-legged, strong-willed.To learn might    is the ticket.The power of my unrelenting?                When I expose                    exactly        how pure, how—            if stubborn enough—                entire I can be— [End Page 10]

Lindsey D. Alexander

Lindsey D. Alexander is a Kentuckian trapped in the Hoosier state. She’s a freelance writer and editor and teaches poetry to Purdue University students. For more, visit her website at



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