Bob Hicok is an American poet, born in 1960. He currently is an associate professor of creative writing at Virginia Tech. He is from Michigan and before teaching owned and ran a successful automotive die design business.
His first book, The Legend of Light, (1995) was chosen by Carolyn Kizer for the 1995 Felix Pollak Prize. This book, published by the University of Wisconsin Press, was later chosen an ALA Booklist Notable Book of the Year. Plus Shipping followed in 1998. His 2001 release, Animal Soul, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. He has published two other books -- Insomnia Diary (2004) and This Clumsy Living (2007), both with the University of ... more »
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Bob Hicok Poems
Other Lives And Dimensions And Finally A...
My left hand will live longer than my right. The rivers of my palms tell me so. Never argue with rivers. Never expect your lives to finish at the same time. I think
By Their Works
Who cleaned up the Last Supper? These would be my people. Maybe hung over, wanting desperately a better job,
Another Awkward Stage Of Convalescence
Drunk, I kissed the moon where it stretched on the floor. I'd removed happiness from a green bottle, both sipped and gulped
My father's head has become a mystery to him. We finally have something in common. When he moves his head his eyes get big as roses filled
is a system of posture for wood. A way of not falling down for twigs that happens to benefit birds. I don't know.
Calling Him Back from Layoff
I called a man today. After he said hello and I said hello came a pause during which it would have been confusing to say hello again so I said
What Would Freud Say?
Wasn't on purpose that I drilled through my finger or the nurse laughed. She apologized three times and gave me a shot
Her My Body
The dog licks my hand as I worry about the left nipple of the woman in the bathroom. She is drying her hair, the woman
You could drive out of this country and attack the world with your ambition, invent wonder plasmas, become an artist of the provocative gesture,
A few hours after Des Moines the toilet overflowed. This wasn't the adventure it sounds. I sat with a man whose tattoos
I met my butt in a Pittsburgh hotel room. My face still looks like my face but not my butt, my hair
O My Pa-pa
Our fathers have formed a poetry workshop. They sit in a circle of disappointment over our fastballs and wives. We thought they didn't read our stuff, whole anthologies of poems that begin, My father never,
Learning to Swim
At forty-eight, to be given water, which is most of the world, given life in water, which is most of me, given ease, which is most of what I lack, here, where walls
I'm in a plane that will not be flown into a building. It's a SAAB 340, seats 40, has two engines with propellers is why I think of beanies, those hats that would spin a young head into the clouds. The plane is red and loud
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Other Lives And Dimensions And Finally A Love Poem
My left hand will live longer than my right. The rivers
of my palms tell me so.
Never argue with rivers. Never expect your lives to finish
at the same time. I think
praying, I think clapping is how hands mourn. I think
staying up and waiting
for paintings to sigh is science. In another dimension this
is exactly what's happening,
it's what they write grants about: the chromodynamics
of mournful Whistlers,
the audible sorrow and beta decay of Old Battersea Bridge.
I like the idea of different
theres and ...