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Words for Empty and Words for FullBOB HICOK will read from
Words for Empty and Words for Full
Tuesday, September 21 at 7 PM

According to Jose, our own staff poetry aficionado, it's "hard to convey the urgency with which you should pick up this or any other poetry collection by Bob Hicok, except to say he is without doubt the most vital, necessary American poet writing today."

Hicok, who will read from his new book, Words for Empty and Words for Full, is the author of several poetry collections, including This Clumsy Living, which won the distinguished Bobbitt Prize from the Library of Congress in 2007. His first book, The Legend of Light, won the Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry and was named an ALA Booklist Notable Book of the Year in 1997. An associate professor of creative writing at Virginia Tech, Hicok also has won Pushcart prizes and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Hicok once worked in automotive die casting design, and owned his own business, Progressive Technology. His poems offer varied portraits of the lives of working people, violence, unexpected beauty, and keen observations on human nature. In the New York Times Book Review, Elizabeth Gaffney described his skills as being "somewhere...between those of the surgeon and the gods of the foundry and convalescent home: seamlessly, miraculously, his judicious eye imbues even the dreadful with beauty and meaning."

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