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Today's poem is "Words, what is the word, matter"

from the Southern Review

Bob Hicok's latest book is Words for Empty and Words for Full.

Other poems by Bob Hicok in Verse Daily:
January 21, 2010:   "Aubade with whales" "Kyle spiffed stiffs..."
August 25, 2009:   "Certainly Uncertain: a love of tone poem" "Here is the place I am thinking..."
July 4, 2009:   "Deeply Impersonal" "This is a good way to take life in. The eyes...."
May 25, 2009:   "Moving day" "When it's time, the hotels of Ardmore no longer interesting..."
February 16, 2009:   "Palsy" "Ignoring the obvious is most of manners...."
July 2, 2008:   "In a time of biblical references" "I've fallen behind. I have in fact..."
May 15, 2008:   "A wedding night" "A groom goes out with a pillow to where the sheep..."
December 20, 2007:   "A confluence of processes" "It was a kind of battery, the Earth..."
November 6, 2007:   "A celebration of lasting achievment" " The man who wrote "The Hokey Pokey" died...."
June 19, 2006:   "Love of Sport" " In the woods, place of tall and green, place of losing..."
June 15, 2006:   "Fall" " Trees and the white room filling with the resistance..."
March 21, 2006:   "Weather Report" " Cats are new to me is why I call them..."
June 21, 2005:  "The Personal Touch" "I have fifteen cloud stamps, it says on the back..."
November 25, 2004:  "Founder's day" "I introduced John Adams to the Pacific..."
March 8, 2004:  "Building a painting a home" "If I built a barn I'd build it right into the sky..."
February 17, 2004:  "Truth About Love" "I apologize for not being Gandhi or Tom..."
February 16, 2004:  "Shopping at the ocean" "Trying to save the bug she killed the bug..."
December 24, 2002:  "By their works" "Who cleaned up the Last Supper?..."
August 29, 2002:  "Sorting the Entanglements" "In my will the basement goes to the spiders...."
July 14, 2002:  "Whither Thou Goest" "Fish can have mad cow disease and I have a problem / with that...."

Books by Bob Hicok:

Other poems on the web by Bob Hicok:
Five poems
Two poems
Thirteen poems
"A History of Origami"
Thirty-one poems
"Wistful sounds like a brand of air freshener"
Two poems
Five poems
"The map maker's faith"
"the dream"
"my life with a gardener"
"a nature film"
Nine poems
"Root root root for the home team"
"Slow going"
"Repast and future"
"My Career as a Director"
Three poems
Three poems
Three poems
"Bedtime Story"
"Jornando del Muerto"
"Twins"
Eight poems
Eight poems
"Alzeimer's"
"The Quiet Americans"
"Only somewhat like a carousel"
"Ink"

Bob Hicok according to Wikipedia.

About the Southern Review:

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The Southern Review * Old Presidentís House * LSU * Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Editor: Jeanne M. Leiby

Other poems from the Southern Review in Verse Daily:

Subscription: 1 year (2 issues), $15
The Southern Review * Louisiana State University * Old President's House * Baton Rouge, LA 70803-0001
Editor: Jeanne M. Leiby

Other from the Southern Review in Verse Daily:
January 26, 2012:   "Thames Music" by William Wenthe
September 23, 2011:   "Questions about the Wife" by Rebecca Hazelton
September 22, 2011:   "Coxwain" by Nance Van Winckel
November 13, 2010:   "The Former Pirate on His Way Back to Lisbon" by Weston Cutter
May 27, 2010:   "Dead Telegram to a Dead Poet" by Bruce Cohen
March 2, 2010:   "Teaching 'The Red Wheelbarrow' the Thirtieth Time" by Wendy Barker
January 9, 2010:   "Elegy as Spot's Lift-the-Flap Book" by Victoria Chang
January 8, 2010:   "An Algebra of Fifty" by Catherine Abbey Hodges
September 12, 2009:   "I Was Thinking of Beauty" by Sydney Lea
September 11, 2009:   "Cosmonauts" by Rhett Iseman Trull
June 5, 2009:   "Teaching Mrs. Dalloway I'm Thinking" by Weston Cutter
June 3, 2009:   "Rain on the Roof" by Beverley Bie Brahic
June 2, 2009:   "Questions about Birds" by Billy Collins
February 20, 2009:   "Holidays and Sundays" by David Bottoms
November 21, 2008:   "Approaching Thunder" by Amaud Jamaul Johnson
November 20, 2008:   "Patterns" by Theodore Worozbyt
August 29, 2008:   "A Convincing Story" by Beth Bretl
August 28, 2008:   "Siren Song for Late September" by Alice Friman
August 27, 2008:   "Scavengers" by Fleda Brown
August 26, 2008:   "Settle" by Chanda Feldman
May 11, 2008:   "Midden" by Brendan Galvin
February 3, 2008:   "Hordes of Indigent Psychologist" by Scott Coffel
January 29, 2008:   "Runaway Bride" by Allison Seay
November 10, 2007:   "Columba livia" by Sandra Meek
November 9, 2007:   "Poltergeist" by Jennifer Metsker
November 6, 2007:   "A celebration of lasting achievment" by Bob Hicok
August 5, 2007:   "Be the Dog" by J. Allyn Rosser
August 2, 2007:   "Haruspicy" by Sarah Hannah
June 6, 2007:   "Not Mattering to the Earth" by Colette Inez
June 5, 2007:   "Something in My Eye" by Allison Smythe
February 9, 2007:   "Mysterious Ways" by Alison Pelegrin
September 15, 2006:   "God of The" by Garrett Doherty
September 14, 2006:   "One Morning a Rose Blooms" by Richard Tillinghast
September 13, 2006:   "Aubade" by Rhoda Janzen
June 22, 2006:   "Trouble." by Melissa Stein
June 19, 2006:   "Love of Sport" by Bob Hicok
January 19, 2006:   "Key to Pronunciation: /sälm/" by Rita Mae Reese
January 17, 2006:   "Leaving the Land" by Stephen C. Behrendt
January 16, 2006:   "The Clown's Mother" by Brent Pallas
November 25, 2004:  "Founder's day" by Bob Hicok
November 24, 2004:  "In Thrush Light" by Gyorgyi Voros
November 23, 2004:  "To Acedia" by Daniel Tobin
November 22, 2004:  "Close Quarters" by Cathryn Essinger
September 25, 2004:  "Dry Brush Painting of Winter Crows" by Barry Sternlieb
September 23, 2004:  "James McNeill Whistler at St. Ives, 1883" by Floyd Skloot
September 22, 2004:  "Keep and Give Away" by Susan Meyers
September 21, 2004:  "The Wife of Job" by Morri Creech
September 20, 2004:  "Indian River Inlet" by Fleda Brown
March 10, 2004:  "See! I Will Not Forget You. I Have Carved You on the Palm of My Hand." by Thomas Reiter
March 9, 2004:  "Mary Rockwell Talks to Her Son in the Hospital after He's Been Stabbed During a Fencing Lesson" by Julianna Baggott
August 20, 2003:  "Water Rising" by Fleda Brown
August 19, 2003:  "Neither the Season, nor the Place" by Susan Meyers
August 18, 2003:  "Revival" by Lynn Powell
June 7, 2003:  "The Reliquary" by Ann Townsend
June 5, 2003:  "Hieronymus and the Lion" by Maurya Simon
June 3, 2003:  "Pink Salmon" by Cecily Parks
May 1, 2003:  "Heron" by John Drury
April 29, 2003:  "For the Fog Horn When There Is No Fog" by Sarah Hannah
December 30, 2002:  "Brains" by Rodney Jones
December 16, 2002:  Heaven by Natasha Saje
September 9, 2002:  "My Emotions Are Like Fish" by John Brehm

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