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"Chosen alongside celebrated poets Louise Glck and Czeslaw Milosz, Bob Hicok's Animal Soul was the standout surprise of the 2002 National Book Critics Circle Award nominations. According to author David Wojahn, a three-time winner of the Pushcart Prize, this collection of poetry "is the best collection yet by a poet who has become one of the most individual and necessary voices of his generation. An almost prophetic rage seems to inhabit these poems, which present us with a speaker who is tender and brutally rueful by turns. Bob Hicok asks to be a voice of conscience in a conscience-less world. And, like all true prophets, his rage and consternation in the end transform themselves into a form of prayer, what one of his poems calls a 'mad . . . devotion.' Hicok is able to instruct and console us, and that is a very rare thing indeed.""
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.25" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.75" Weight: 0.25 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2003
Publisher Invisible Cities Press Llc
ISBN 1931229112 ISBN13 9781931229111
Availability 0 units.
More About Bob Hicok
Bob Hicok is assistant professor of English at Virginia Tech University. He is the author of "Insomnia Diary, Animal Soul, Plus Shipping," and "The Legend of Light," A finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, Hicok is the recipient of the Felix Pollak Prize, an NEA Fellowship, the Jerome J. Shestack Prize, and two Pushcart Prizes. His poems have appeared in three volumes of "Best American Poetry,"
Reviews - What do customers think about Animal Soul (Contemporary Classics Poetry series)?
Animal Soul Mar 15, 2007
The book arrived in excellent condition within the scheduled delivery time.
disapointing Dec 19, 2003
For the past couple of years I've been seeing Bob Hicok's work in various journals and anthologies. I always found the poems interesting and pretty good, if not stellar. And I've seen some good reviews for Animal Soul, so I was rather excited when I finally picked up this book. And I found it a bit disapointing. I'll admit, these weren't the most awful poems I've read, but Hicok's rambling all over the place in a single poem weakened the good work. And I found that his line breaks generally seemed arbitrary and disrupting to the flow of the poem. But the poems I've read of Hicok's that I like should be in his next book, so I'll keep my eye open for it.
Animal Soul Mar 20, 2002
It's no surprise this book was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Hicok is blessed with both imagination and purpose. His poems often surprise, in language and content, but always toward some end. More than anything, what comes across is his interest in people, a curiosity about who we are and how we behave. This is one of the best collections I've read in years.
great book Jan 28, 2002
This is an amazing book by one of the best young poets working today. I've followed his work for some time and it gets better with each book. I never know what he's going to say or how he'll say it. The poems have a great deal of energy, they pop without sacrificing content. I can't wait to see where he goes next.