National Poetry Month: Read Bob Hicok

An Old Story

It’s hard being in love
with fireflies. I have to do
all the pots and pans.
When asked to parties
they always wear the same
color dress. I work days,
they punch in at dusk.
With the radio and a beer
I sit up doing bills,
jealous of men who’ve fallen
for the homebody stars.
When things are bad
they shake their asses
all over town, when good
my lips glow.


Bob Hicok

That was why; here’s where:

  • Words For Empty And Words For Full, 2010 University of Pittsburgh Press;
  • This Clumsy Living, 2007, the University of Pittsburgh Press;
  • Insomnia Diary, 2004, the University of Pittsburgh Press;
  • Animal Soul, 2003, Invisible Cities Press;
  • Spam Leaves an Aftertaste,2002, A poem by Bob Hicok
  • Plus Shipping, 1998, BOA Editions, Ltd.; and
  • The Legend of Light, 1995 University of Wisconsin Press.
  • Bearing Witness, 1991 Ridgeway Press

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About the Author:

Karen Kleckner Keefe is the director of the Hinsdale (IL) Public Library, a Booklist reviewer, and one of Library Journal's 2009 "Movers and Shakers." Follow her on Twitter at @KarenKleckner.

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