Higher Calling

Higher Calling Bob hicok Bob Hicok's fifth book, This Clumsy Living, will be published in the spring of 2007 by the University of Pittsburgh Press. He recently won American Poetry Review's Jerome J. Shestack Prize and the Anne Halley Prize from Massachusetts Review. He says of one of the poems in this feature, "If I wrote `The Quiet Americans' today, it probably wouldn't have that title and there would be no manikins, and I doubt I'd mention sleep. I'd encounter a different mind than I had when I sat down and wrote the poem. I've often wondered if it would be interesting to rewrite an entire book, going back to the subjects but not the approaches. I think about this because I was requested to write this 250­300 word piece about my poems or myself. When I treated the request as a catalyst, it made me think of how interesting it is for this woman to use her existence, her flesh, as speech. Her presence is what she has to say. I suspect democracy requires this kind of physical involvement, not just to put our desires out there with a high level of insistence, but even to discover what we http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Missouri Review University of Missouri

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Bob hicok Bob Hicok's fifth book, This Clumsy Living, will be published in the spring of 2007 by the University of Pittsburgh Press. He recently won American Poetry Review's Jerome J. Shestack Prize and the Anne Halley Prize from Massachusetts Review. He says of one of the poems in this feature, "If I wrote `The Quiet Americans' today, it probably wouldn't have that title and there would be no manikins, and I doubt I'd mention sleep. I'd encounter a different mind than I had when I sat down and wrote the poem. I've often wondered if it would be interesting to rewrite an entire book, going back to the subjects but not the approaches. I think about this because I was requested to write this 250­300 word piece about my poems or myself. When I treated the request as a catalyst, it made me think of how interesting it is for this woman to use her existence, her flesh, as speech. Her presence is what she has to say. I suspect democracy requires this kind of physical involvement, not just to put our desires out there with a high level of insistence, but even to discover what we

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The Missouri ReviewUniversity of Missouri

Published: Mar 6, 2006

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