Suicidally Beautiful is a fantastic anthology of sports fiction, with one story by Jane St Clair
Main Street Rag
Jane St Clair
The title Suicidally Beautiful comes from a line in the James Wright poem "Autumn Begins in Martins Ferry, Ohio," which, as the poet contemplates the start of football season, conjures the psychic complexity, the grandeur, sacrifice, and delusion embodied in sports:
Their sons grow suicidally beautiful
At the beginning of October,
And gallop terribly against each other's bodies.
The same, of course, now holds true for their daughters as well, and the range and quality of stories collected here powerfully amplify this complexity.
Soccer Moms by Jane St Clair
My eleven-year-old son David plays defense for the Cooncats, a private club team that travels outside of Boulder for tournaments. Larry Lindsay is the head coach, and his assistant is George Carroll.
Coach George is so young we call him Boy George, but Coach Larry is about fifty. When he is around, there is lots of sex in the air. He is sensual with a full head of grey hair and a small grey mustache. In high school he wanted to be a priest, so he's had two years in seminary. Larry works for some kind of altruistic thing with handicapped children during the day. He talks about community all the time, about developing our sense of community and building our Village. His wife makes more money than he does but that is not a threat to Larry. He is typically tie-dyed Boulder, and this appeals to women.