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Praise, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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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