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Driving with the Dead

Poems

Jane Hicks. foreword by George Ella Lyon

Publication Year: 2014

Appalachia is no stranger to loss. The region suffers regular ecological devastation wrought by strip mining, fracking, and deforestation as well as personal tragedy brought on by enduring poverty and drug addiction. In Driving with the Dead, Appalachian poet, teacher, and artist Jane Hicks weaves an earnest and impassioned elegy for an imperiled yet doggedly optimistic people and place. Exploring the roles that war, environment, culture, and violence play in Appalachian society, the hard-hitting collection is visceral and unflinchingly honest, mourning a land and people devastated by economic hardship, farm foreclosures, and mountaintop removal.

With empathy and a voice of experience, Hicks offers readers a poignant collection of poems that addresses themes of grief and death while also illustrating the beauty, grace, and resilience of the Appalachian people. Invoking personal memories, she explores how the loss of physical landscape has also devastated the region's psychological landscape.

Graphic, bold, and heartfelt, Driving with the Dead is an honest and compelling call to arms. Hicks laments the irreplaceable treasures that we have lost but also offers wisdom for healing and reconciliation.

Published by: The University Press of Kentucky

Series: Kentucky Voices

Cover

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Praise, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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Foreword

George Ella Lyon

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pp. xi-2

The title of Jane Hicks’s second collection puts you on notice that you’re about to read a book about loss. What it doesn’t tell, however, is what distinguishes these poems: the lessons and wisdom the poet reckons from that loss.
Hicks clearly declares her purpose in “A Poet’s Work”: “the naming of what matters.” Hers is not art for art’s sake. She speaks...

Summer Rain

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pp. 3-4

What Matters

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pp. 5-5

Walking Boundaries

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pp. 6-6

A Transplant Leaves Minnesota, 1973

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pp. 7-7

The Ryman Auditorium, 1965

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pp. 8-8

Roy

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pp. 9-10

Poor Valley Pilgrims

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pp. 11-11

Revelation

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pp. 12-12

Draft Lottery

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pp. 13-14

North Fork of the Holston, 1962

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pp. 15-16

Black Mountain Breakdown

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pp. 17-17

The Color of Loss

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pp. 18-18

Expatriate

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pp. 19-20

Lietuva

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pp. 21-21

Kindergarten

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pp. 22-22

Color

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pp. 23-25

Leavings

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pp. 26-26

Drive by Slowly

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pp. 27-27

Glitter

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pp. 28-28

Jones and Thomason, General Merchandise

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pp. 29-31

My Second-Grade Teacher Reads Gerard Manley Hopkins

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pp. 32-32

Close Order

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pp. 33-36

The Missionary

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pp. 37-38

The Grace of Risen Dough

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pp. 39-40

Domestic Arts

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pp. 41-41

My Grandmother Escapes

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pp. 42-42

New Testament

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pp. 43-43

Dismissal

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pp. 44-44

Mordant

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pp. 45-46

Cousins

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pp. 47-47

Tonic

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pp. 48-48

The Big Beautiful

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pp. 49-50

Commencement Day, 2005

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pp. 51-51

A Poet's Work

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pp. 52-53

James Still Leaves Wolfpen

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pp. 54-54

Driving with the Dead

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pp. 55-56

Dust

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pp. 57-57

Hunkering Down

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pp. 58-58

Bluegrass Festival

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pp. 59-60

Notes

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pp. 61-62

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Acknowledgments

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pp. 63-64

The author gratefully acknowledges the publishers of the following journals, in which some of these poems previously appeared, sometimes in earlier forms:

A! Magazine (“Bluegrass Festival,” “Dismissal,” “Jones and Thomason, General Merchandise,” “Walking Boundaries,” “What...

Index of First Lines

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pp. 65-66

Other Works in the Series

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pp. 67-70


E-ISBN-13: 9780813145570
E-ISBN-10: 0813145570
Print-ISBN-13: 9780813145556

Page Count: 80
Publication Year: 2014

Series Title: Kentucky Voices
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OCLC Number: 884016263
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