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June 27, 2021

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What a wondeful opening, and then the momentum keeps building right to the end, "all the way." And I love the juxtaposition of Bob's poem with the Cornell box. Mega kudos all around.

what david said

Many great stories in this beautiful poem!

How many ways does this poem speak to me?
Let me not even try to count them.

My mind is reeling.

Answering the dirt--
Clarinda

I love Bob so much he makes me cry/ I teach his work. He said "The only risk is not taking a chance."

This poem makes me laugh and gives me shivers, and then I start to really feel what it is telling. Wowza! Thanks, Terence for posting and Bob for writing!!!

Few poems using the word "then" twenty-seven times pass the rhetorical test,
but Hicok's manages to make it work, and without referring to a French philosopher
or a self-help manual. Why? Because his subject is universal, and his applications
are so exacting in their specificity, so relentless in their asperity. He gives plenty of pleasure with his pain.


Bill---thanks for the comment.

Love the subtle 90 degree angles of the wandering!

"Then I buried the phone.

Then the ground rang. Then I answered the ground.

Then the dial tone of dirt."


Love it.

Love this fantastic poem🌻

Terence, I am so glad to receive these poems each week together with the comments of our fellow readers. Perhaps together they are my cochlear implant that lets me hear some murmurings of the beauty that I know must be there.


Peter---I'm so glad you are liking the poems.

Amazing and transforming (of this reader).

Now thats a killer piece of verse! Thanx Bob (& Terence) !!

Wonderful wake-up call of a poem, Bob. Bravo!

The rhythm and voice so focused and yet carefree. Wonderful. Thanks.

Really terrific.

The metaphor-rich, wittily associative power of Bob Hicok’s verse is amply displayed here. In one sense (yes, hearing) this is a poem of well-quarterbacked near-audibles, creating a kind of seduction through silence, with the reader's willing consent. Nowhere is that more apparent than in the poem’s last six lines. Their gravitational pull leads readers to a desired outcome: consummation. The mechanism Hicok uses is a variation of an “if-then” pattern in logic or, in this case, “then-then,” a tilted logic compelling readers to enter and navigate on his terms. And we do it excitedly to revel in how his mind and muse work, firing on all synapses as he constructs first-blush incongruities that to our eventual nonsurprise become oddly harmonized, flashing insights as we breathlessly hang on. What a bracing, brilliant ride from Bob Hicok!


Thanks, Earle. With these comments I think you're planting
the seeds of a book of literary criticism essays.

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