Congratulations to Narrative poet Bob Hicok, whose eighth poetry collection, Elegy Owed, was recently published by Copper Canyon Press.
From “Speaking American”:
When he learned I’m a poet he asked if I knew
this other poet. We don’t all know each other,
I told him as he informed me she likes cheese
similes. Love is like cheese, time is like cheese,
cheese is surprisingly like cheese. Then I said
I know this poet and he went, see. “He went, see”
means he said see, see, but you know that
if you’re American and alive. I explained
that “I know this poet” means “I know her work,”
when he was like, work?
Read the rest of the poem, as well as many other surprising, brilliant works by Hicok, on our site.