NER contributor Bob Hicok has published a new collection of poems, Elegy Owed. From the publisher: “When asked in an interview with Gulf Coast, ‘What would Bob Hicok launch from a giant sling shot?’ he answered, ‘Bob Hicok.’ Elegy Owed, Hicok’s eighth book, is an existential game of Twister in which the rules of mourning are broken and salvaged, and ‘you can never step into the same not going home again twice.’ His poems are the messenger at the door, the unwanted telegram—telling a joke, imparting a depth of longing, returning us finally to a different kind of normality where ‘the dead have no ears, no answering machines / that we know of, still we call.'”
Bob Hicok’s poetry has appeared numerous times in NER, most recently in 31.1, 29.2, and 27.1.
Elegy Owed is available at Copper Canyon Press and other booksellers.