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Praise for Driving with the Dead “Hicks’s poems gather up the stories of family, those lost in war, a child killed by a boulder from an illegal strip mine, even the Opry’s pickers and singers. Around them the mountains ‘hold the sky where it belongs.’ They hold these poems where they belong, as well, the bedrock of Hicks’s language and vision.” —Kathryn Stripling Byer, former North Carolina poet laureate “Jane Hicks’s poems are a ‘fierce serenade’ paying homage to the world with compassionate observation and vivid, exact detail so achingly real we recognize our own in it, even as we are drawn to the particular people, places, and stories of Hicks’s part of Appalachia: the Carter Family, an early twentieth-century woman missionary, the enchantments of ‘deep hollows and steep fields,’ the devastation of illegal strip mining, the abiding influence of a grandmother whose ‘blood / . . . flows strong’ in the poet. These poems are beautifully, painstakingly crafted from the ‘heart-cache’ of Hicks’s life and words.” — Lisa Williams, author of Woman Reading to the Sea, winner of the Barnard Women Poets Prize “This is a strong collection whose vitality derives from its crisp and particular language, its ample detail, and ultimately, its artful rendering of experiences that are authentically and memorably human. [These poems] are an appreciation of the sorrows and complexity of life not only in Appalachia, but anywhere.” —Richard Taylor, former Kentucky poet laureate Driving with the Dead Driving with the Dead Poems Jane Hicks Foreword by George Ella Lyon Copyright © 2014 by Jane Hicks Published by the University Press of Kentucky Scholarly publisher for the Commonwealth, serving Bellarmine University, Berea College, Centre College of Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky University, The Filson Historical Society, Georgetown College, Kentucky Historical Society, Kentucky State University, Morehead State University, Murray State University, Northern Kentucky University, Transylvania University, University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, and Western Kentucky University. All rights reserved. Editorial and Sales Offices: The University Press of Kentucky 663 South Limestone Street, Lexington, Kentucky 40508-4008 www.kentuckypress.com Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Hicks, Jane, 1952- [Poems. Selections] Driving with the dead : poems / Jane Hicks ; foreword by George Ella Lyon. pages ; cm ISBN 978-0-8131-4555-6 (pbk. : acid-free paper) — ISBN 978-0-8131-4557-0 (pdf)­ — ISBN 978-0-8131-4556-3 (epub) I. Title. PS3608.I279A6 2014 811'.6—dc23 2014007895 This book is printed on acid-free paper meeting the requirements of the American National Standard for Permanence in Paper for Printed Library Materials. Manufactured in the United States of America. Member of the Association of American University Presses for Fern H. Huffman The author’s mother, Fern Hensley, age eighteen. ...

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