This Clumsy Living

This Clumsy Living

by Bob Hicok


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Winner of the 2008 Bobbit National Poetry Prize.
“Few others in contemporary poetry are so brilliantly able to combine wit and weight, to charge the language so it virtually glows in the dark. Hicok's poems just plain rock. They rock because they are gorgeous. They rock because they are sad and turn on the radio. They dance our 'clumsy living' with our shadows and our isolations to a music that always, always remembers the original delight in which 'the feel of things, if [we] cherish, helps [us] live / more like a minute than a clock.'”—Beckian Fritz Goldberg

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822959533
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 02/01/2007
Series: Pitt Poetry Series
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 1,082,865
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Bob Hicok is assistant professor of English at Virginia Tech University. He is the author of Insomnia Diary, Animal Soul, Plus Shipping, and The Legend of Light. A finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, Hicok is the recipient of the Felix Pollak Prize, an NEA Fellowship, the Jerome J. Shestack Prize, and two Pushcart Prizes. His poems have appeared in three volumes of Best American Poetry.

Table of Contents

Twenty-three windows
Twins     3
Absolution     4
Grooming     6
Reparations     8
Her my body     9
The busy days of my nights     12
A poem with a poem in its belly     13
Team effort     14
Elsewhere     15
The collector     16
Waiting for my foot to ring     17
Duh     19
Singe     21
War story     23
Twenty-eight fathers
Odyssey     27
My career as a director     28
My iron age     31
My new neighbor     35
My faith-based initiative     37
Happy anniversary     42
A letter: the Genesis poem     44
Twenty-one rivers
In Michael Robins's class minus one     49
Two living wills     50
ROTC     52
Switching to deer time     54
Solstice: voyeur     57
Documenting a decision     58
Thirty-three skies
Angels of mercy     65
Failures in meditation     66
The new math     68
Physical     69
A theory of art as respiration     70
Thirty-two dreams
The personal touch     79
My last factory job     80
Beasts     82
Green on the day     86
Full flight     88
Peoria     90
Theoretical love     92
The active reader     94
Spam leaves an aftertaste     96
My ever after     98
Acknowledgments     101

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An alloy of mechanical physics and tender, tender hope and thrill, these sturdy poems never lose their vivacious invitation and reward. Use them as tools to grasp the incomprehensible or simply as prayers overheard, either way, once heard, forever essential.