Insomnia Diary

Insomnia Diary 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 automo

  • Title: Insomnia Diary
  • Author: Bob Hicok
  • ISBN: 9780822958420
  • Page: 199
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 of the cunning brilliance that has become Hicok s hallmark.

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    About " Bob Hicok "

  • Bob Hicok

    Bob Hicok was born in 1960 His most recent collection, This Clumsy Living University of Pittsburgh Press, 2007 , was awarded the 2008 Bobbitt Prize from the Library of Congress His other books are Insomnia Diary Pitt, 2004 , Animal Soul Invisible Cities Press, 2001 ,a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, Plus Shipping BOA, 1998 , and The Legend of Light University of Wisconsin, 1995 , which received the Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry and was named a 1997 ALA Booklist Notable Book of the Year A recipient of three Pushcart Prizes, Guggenheim and two NEA Fellowships, his poetry has been selected for inclusion in five volumes of Best American Poetry.Hicok writes poems that value speech and storytelling, that revel in the material offered by pop culture, and that deny categories such as academic or narrative As Elizabeth Gaffney wrote for the New York Times Book Review Each of Mr Hicok s poems is marked by the exalted moderation of his voice erudition without pretension, wisdom without pontification, honesty devoid of confessional melodrama His judicious eye imbues even the dreadful with beauty and meaning Hicok has worked as an automotive die designer and a computer system administrator, and is currently an Associate Professor of English at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg.


  • One of the best books of poetry I've read. Hicok can hit hard, but he doesn't lose himself in savagery--there's room in his attitude for sensitivity and bemusement. Often, when he does work with a bitter pen, he aims it at his own self, but even there he flavors his vinegar with compassion. Most importantly, Hicok maintains an openness to wonder and a respect for the profound that suffuses every line with a reverent hue. He is able to simultaneously mock and coddle, which is no small achievement [...]

  • I didn't like all these poems equally, but there's no question this man has a gift, and a way of inverting the ordinary.On the calendar the striptease of months,dust quietly gathering on the shouldersof other dustdI drove my father for lettuce on the day his wifedidn't die but that was reasonably his fear.His wife is my mother which has to be statedif facts are what we're here to collect. I oftenforget whole parts of my parents' liveshave nothing to do with me

  • Worth the price of admission for the first poem alone. I read it a dozen or more times, so enchanted by everything in it. This is one collection for anyone even vaguely interested in contemporary poetry. It is shit hot.

  • If you're looking for a book NOT to judge by its cover, this is that book. A "few" favorite lines:"[I]f I give a job to one stomach other/forks are naked."--"Calling him back from layoff""All the while feeling air's/a quilt of tongues, that spaces/between words are more articulate/than words."--"Bars poetica""But what sadness/pushes stars to suicide? In truth/they're rocks, we call them stars/to speak kindly of the dead."--"Meteor shower"And what I need printed on something or at least on hand t [...]

  • Not my favorite of his collections, but still a worthwhile venture into Hicok's bizarre reflections of life and sex.

  • I had read many Hicok poems before picking up Insomnia Diary and have always really liked his work. For anyone unfamiliar with Hicok, he has a witty, conversational style that belies the surprising depth of his lyrical insights. Unfortunately, Insomnia Diary shows what a thin line such a style treads between accessible inspriration and amateurish rhythmic talking. Although there were several good poems in the volume, there were also several not so good ones that wore on your nerves after a while [...]

  • Bob Hicok's style tends toward a burst of words that is close to a rant but I would say it was more full of emotional vigor. The pieces focus on unusual times, places, and connections in his life. Some of the pieces are quite funny. Two poems tell of having to layoff and rehire a man in all the emotional turmoil that generates between the boss and employee, for example. The fun part of these poems is the slice of American life that comes out clearly in the reading. I could only read a few at a t [...]

  • Bob Hicok's poetry caught me in the Believer magazine and the New Yorker. It was really arresting. So I was looking forward to reading a book of it. And this was more staid than I was expecting. But I'm thinking maybe this is earlier work, because there are hints of Things To Come. Not that this is a terrible collection. Just that these poems sit on the page and wait to be read and my favorites of his rush along and carry you with them.

  • Hicok's poem "Bottom of the Ocean" is knock-the-wind-out-of-me good. I think of the lines: "He said that she said /we're all out of evers without explaining /who she was or how many evers we had /to begin with or where they were kept. /I slept with an extra blanket that night." pretty much every single day.

  • My new favorite poet. I enjoy poetry that is technically masterful and shows a clear gift with language without the "look at me showing off my 12 English degrees!" kind of convoluted snobbery. Hicok is it--approachable, relatable, and just plain fun to read. It deals with heavy themes with the perfect amount of bemusement and self-depreciation. I would recommend this word porn to everyone.

  • God does this man have a way with words. A poem about growing bald, a poem about parents dying, dogs dying, every little mundane thing, and less mundane things, that come along with middle age. I'm not there yet, and I doubt that when I am that I will be able to make it beautiful the way Hicok has.

  • "It's hard being in lovewith fireflies. I have to doall the pots and pans."Funny poems, lots of good energy from the line breaks, most are big single-stanza things, the voice starts to sound a little samey-samey.

  • I like Hicok's conversational tone along with his humor. His poems seem in love with life. It is contagious.My favorite poems from this book:The edgeMeteor showerSpirit ditty of no fax-line dial toneAn old story

  • Good poetry collection. Speaks of his past life as a drug user/dealer among other ideas (the workplace, being old). Reminds me a bit of Dean Young. Good read.

  • The language in this book, the use of words, is sometimes magical, in that it seems effortless, as if it is a given yet, totally new to the brain.

  • There is so much humanity in Bob Hicok's books. Sooo much. I bow before him and worship at his alter daily. He's brilliant -- intellectually, linguistically, and emotionally.

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