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Insomnia Diary

by Denise Duhamel

Publication Year: 2004

Bob Hicok’s poems are often edgy, brazen, and funny. They’re just as likely to be soulful, reflective, and provocative. Usually at the same time. As Hicok builds toward the punchline of a poem set up with his characteristic wit, he zigs into seriousness. A thoughtful meditation that builds to a moment of epiphany zags into comedy. Hicok’s fluid ability to shift moods, the richness of his visual palette, and his idiosyncratic use of language fill the pages of Insomnia Diary. The fourth collection of poetry from this former automotive die designer delivers more of the cunning brilliance that has become Hicok’s hallmark.

Published by: University of Pittsburgh Press

Series: Pitt Poetry Series

Cover

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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. 2-7

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

Bottom of the ocean

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pp. 1-2

Small purchase

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pp. 3-4

The semantics of flowers on Memorial Day

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pp. 5-6

Dropping the euphemism

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pp. 7-9

Calling him back from layoff

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pp. 10-11

My life with a gardener

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pp. 12-23

Meeting Bill

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pp. 13-14

An old story

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pp. 15-26

The documentary art

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pp. 16-17

Becoming bird

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pp. 18-19

Another awkward stage of convalescence

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pp. 20-21

The bald truth

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pp. 22-33

After working sixty hours again for what reason

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pp. 23-24

Oath to my former life

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pp. 25-26

Spirit ditty of no fax-line dial tone

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pp. 27-28

Insomnia diary

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pp. 29-31

Go Greyhound

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pp. 32-34

Finally opening the anthology to Kunitz

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pp. 35-46

Free-floating anxiety sounds like a pretty balloon

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pp. 36-37

Tuesday’s walk

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pp. 38-39

1935

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pp. 40-41

American Studies

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pp. 42-43

Sur Coast diary

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pp. 44-45

Capital crime

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pp. 46-50

Now and then I am direct

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pp. 51-52

Growing at the speed of fashion

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pp. 53-55

Bars poetica

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pp. 56-67

Translator’s note

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pp. 57-59

Echo

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pp. 60-61

Mortal shower

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pp. 62-64

Meteor shower

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pp. 65-76

Building a painting a home

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pp. 66-67

Commission by attrition

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pp. 68-70

Goodbye in the shape of a knot

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pp. 71-72

The edge

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pp. 73-84

Radical neck

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pp. 74-76

It’s not so much the heat as the stupidity

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pp. 77-88

Cure for the common cold

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pp. 78-79

Cutting edge

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pp. 80-91

Truth about love

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pp. 81-82

Shopping at the ocean

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pp. 83-84

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 85-96

I’d like to thank the editors of the following publications for reading my crap and everyone’s crap yet remaining determined and (somewhat) sane: Boulevard, Chelsea, Conduit, Iowa Review, The Journal, Michigan Quarterly Review, Mid-American Review, Missouri Review, New England Review, Poetry Flash, ...

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About the Author, Back Cover

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pp. 97-98

Bob Hicok is the author of Animal Soul (2001), which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, Plus Shipping (1998), and The Legend of Light (1995), which won the 1995 Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry and was named a 1997 ALA Booklist Notable Book of the Year. ...


E-ISBN-13: 9780822990925
E-ISBN-10: 082299092X
Print-ISBN-13: 9780822958420
Print-ISBN-10: 0822958422

Page Count: 96
Publication Year: 2004

Series Title: Pitt Poetry Series
Series Editor Byline: Ed Ochester See more Books in this Series

OCLC Number: 607176687
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