Past Contributor Bob Hicok Issue 14.1
Since Fourteen Hills featured Bob Hicok’s poems “The gospel according to a weather vane,” “Trying to stay in shape,” and “Substance” (14.1, Fall 2007), his subsequent works have garnered continued success. Several of his poems have appeared in The New Yorker, his latest was in their March 19th, 2012 issue. The Best American Poetry Series has selected Bob’s work four times, most recently in 2008 and 2009. Winner of three Pushcart Prizes, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and two NEA Fellowships, his collection This Clumsy Living also snagged The 2008 Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry.
His most recent book, Words for Empty and Words for Full, is available from the University of Pittsburgh Press.
Of his work, he says, “I write poems and stories. I have little faith or interest in my thoughts on writing. Those who do a thing are often too close to be perceptive commentators, particularly where love is involved. I love writing, maybe most of all because it doesn’t matter, because poems don’t lift bridges or make refrigerators shinier. The nakedness of the endeavor—just one person, sitting at a desk, trying
to express something they feel in a way that will allow others into their mind—may be among the most human things we do. We are the mouths of the world, and through poetry we speak.”
Hicok is Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Virginia Tech.