“The most potent ingredient in virtually every one of Bob Hicok’s compact, well-turned poems is a laughter as old as humanity itself, a sweet waggery that suggests there’s almost no problem that can’t be solved by this poet’s gentle humor.”
—New York Times Book Review
About the Author
Bob Hicok teaches creative writing at Virginia Tech, in Blacksburg, and his poetry has appeared in numerous publications, including Poetry, Paris Review, and the New Yorker. He is the author of The Legend of Light, which won the Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry, and Animal Soul, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry.
Table of ContentsContents Bottom of the ocean Small purchase The semantics of flowers on Memorial Day Dropping the euphemism Calling him back from layoff My life with a gardener An old story The documentary art Becoming bird Another awkward stage of convalescence The bald truth After working sixty hours again for what reason Oath to my former life Spirit ditty of no fax-line dial tone Insomnia diary Go Greyhound Finally opening the anthology to Kunitz Free-floating anxiety sounds like a pretty balloon Tuesday’s walk 1935 American Studies Sur Coast diary Capital crime Now and then I am direct Growing at the speed of fashion Bars poetica Translator’s note Echo Mortal shower Meteor shower Building a painting a home Commission by attrition Goodbye in the shape of a knot The edge Radical neck It’s not so much the heat as the stupidity Cure for the common cold Cutting edge Truth about love Shopping at the ocean Acknowledgments