“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
Bob Hicok spent seventeen years as an automotive die designer and then business owner, before teaching creative writing at Virginia Tech. So, no wonder his poetry is so… riveting. According to Poetry (2013), “…Elegy Owed breaks—then salvages—the rules for mourning. … Hicok’s language is so humid with expectation and fearlessness that his poems create a clandestine manual to survival.” Bob Hicok has written eight collections of poetry, and he has received five Pushcart Prizes, a Guggenheim, and two NEA Fellowships. His poetry has also been included in eight volumes of The Best American Poetry and his collection This Clumsy Living won the Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry from the Library of Congress.
About ELEGY OWED (Poetry, 2013)
Gritty, complicated, and earnest, Elegy Owed breaks—then salvages—the rules for mourning. While poet Bob Hicok remembers the departed as ephemera or skin cells, fog is invited to tea and ex-girlfriends are resurrected via the occult magic of hard-drive memory. Hicok’s language is so humid with expectation and fearlessness that his poems create a clandestine manual to survival.