By James Tate
The forty four tales of "Dreams of a robotic Dancing Bee"--Long-awaited by means of enthusiasts of Tate's poetry-will come as a welcome shock to readers unusual together with his earlier paintings. Tate turns out either awed and bemused through small city lifestyles, with its legends, flights of fancy, heightened feelings, tragedies and small ruptures within the cloth of standard existence.
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A single, dappled grey horse grazed there through all the seasons of the year, and today she positioned herself so that the sun would set directly in back of the horse. She had no name for the beast, but she was fond of him, especially now. He stared at her and whisked his tail back and forth, scattering flies. When there was nothing left but a faint orange glow on the horizon, Mrs. Norris turned and continued her walk in the other direction. She was sorry Mr. Norris had not joined her. They had walked together in the evenings for many years, but then he began to find excuses.
At her age. I’d like to see the gentleman caller that would stoop to taking Greta out on a date. ” For the rest of the shift Diane tried to put it out of her mind, but in fact she was apprehensive and she didn’t really know why. She liked Miriam. She had rarely ever been in that part of town, and it was a bit scary in the dark. There were drunks asleep in alleys, and what she took to be pimps and hoodlums sizing everybody up as they drove by. The fear tinkling in the pit of her stomach was also excitement, excitement for the unknown and for the sense of dan- 53 DIANE AND MIRIAM ger and adventure that these sleazy, rough late-night street people aroused in her.
Oh, I don’t know. ” I agreed with that, I couldn’t have agreed more, but Dan’s mother spoke the words with a careful smile, as though this indeed summarized the best of the American work ethic, and wasn’t that what all good families were built on? But, for me, a mild sense of loss persisted. I didn’t really care about Dan anymore and, while I never confessed this to any of the guys, I sensed some distancing on their parts as well. His name came up only if someone chanced upon him in town doing errands.
Dreams of a robot dancing bee : 44 stories by James Tate