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A short story about a lonesome cowboy and his faithful horse.
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About Robert Zverina

Born in Liberty, NY in 1969, Robert Zvěřina is the only American-born child of Czech political refugees. He grew up on Long Island and graduated from a prestigious northeastern university with a BA in English. His first car was a classic GM V8 that he drove for years to jobs in a dishroom and mall bookstore, but he hopes the similarities to his protagonist Buzz Polštař end there. He received an MFA in Poetry at Brooklyn College under the mentorship of Allen Ginsberg, whose meticulously captioned photographs and lessons in empathy were an inspiration. Initially skeptical about computers and the internet, Robert launched Picture of the Day ( in 1997, paving the way for future bloggers with his autobiographical mix of creative nonfiction, photography, and multimedia elements. After nearly 2,000 custom-designed web installments and eight feature-length volumes of pocket street videography (, Zvěřina remains skeptical about technology. But to sum up it's fair to say his entire life has been a struggle between indignation and acceptance, the yearning for a better world balanced by contentment in the present.

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Review by: Gabion on Sep. 13, 2012 :
WARNING - spoilers in the reviews below. Read later! This is a well written story with an entertaining ending. It is a pleasure to read something on Smashwords so well constructed. Great job!
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Review by: Jason Bogardus on Sep. 12, 2012 :
In 'Straight', Zverina strikes a wonderful balance between darkness and light, between reason and insanity and in a few short paragraphs opens up for us a glimpse into the delicate relationship between man and nature. A stroke of genius!
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Review by: Donald H Sullivan on Sep. 11, 2012 :
Great imagery; I could visualize all the scenes. Having written a story where a dog was the main protag, I could identify with a horse as first person (or should that be first equine?) When I reached the end, my first thought was that the story went nowhere, and the reader was left dangling.
But then I saw the story. As I saw it the cowboy, after being jilted, went off the deep end, and set out to show his ex lover what a great guy she had lost. But even a deranged mind would realize that roping in the sun was a preposterous idea. Subconsciously, he was he was just determined to do himself in to "show" her. Well, anyhow that's how I saw it.
It was an entertaining read.
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