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Insomnia Diary
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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. 2-7
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Bottom of the ocean
  2. pp. 1-2
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  1. Small purchase
  2. pp. 3-4
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  1. The semantics of flowers on Memorial Day
  2. pp. 5-6
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  1. Dropping the euphemism
  2. pp. 7-9
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  1. Calling him back from layoff
  2. pp. 10-11
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  1. My life with a gardener
  2. pp. 12-23
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  1. Meeting Bill
  2. pp. 13-14
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  1. An old story
  2. pp. 15-26
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  1. The documentary art
  2. pp. 16-17
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  1. Becoming bird
  2. pp. 18-19
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  1. Another awkward stage of convalescence
  2. pp. 20-21
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  1. The bald truth
  2. pp. 22-33
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  1. After working sixty hours again for what reason
  2. pp. 23-24
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  1. Oath to my former life
  2. pp. 25-26
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  1. Spirit ditty of no fax-line dial tone
  2. pp. 27-28
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  1. Insomnia diary
  2. pp. 29-31
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  1. Go Greyhound
  2. pp. 32-34
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  1. Finally opening the anthology to Kunitz
  2. pp. 35-46
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  1. Free-floating anxiety sounds like a pretty balloon
  2. pp. 36-37
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  1. Tuesday’s walk
  2. pp. 38-39
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  1. 1935
  2. pp. 40-41
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  1. American Studies
  2. pp. 42-43
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  1. Sur Coast diary
  2. pp. 44-45
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  1. Capital crime
  2. pp. 46-50
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  1. Now and then I am direct
  2. pp. 51-52
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  1. Growing at the speed of fashion
  2. pp. 53-55
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  1. Bars poetica
  2. pp. 56-67
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  1. Translator’s note
  2. pp. 57-59
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  1. Echo
  2. pp. 60-61
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  1. Mortal shower
  2. pp. 62-64
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  1. Meteor shower
  2. pp. 65-76
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  1. Building a painting a home
  2. pp. 66-67
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  1. Commission by attrition
  2. pp. 68-70
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  1. Goodbye in the shape of a knot
  2. pp. 71-72
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  1. The edge
  2. pp. 73-84
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  1. Radical neck
  2. pp. 74-76
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  1. It’s not so much the heat as the stupidity
  2. pp. 77-88
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  1. Cure for the common cold
  2. pp. 78-79
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  1. Cutting edge
  2. pp. 80-91
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  1. Truth about love
  2. pp. 81-82
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  1. Shopping at the ocean
  2. pp. 83-84
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 85-96
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  1. About the Author, Back Cover
  2. pp. 97-98
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