Annotations for Animal Soul


Independent Publishing Group
Chosen alongside celebrated poets Louise Gl├╝ck and Czeslaw Milosz, Bob Hicok's Animal Soul was the standout surprise of the 2002 National Book Critics Circle Award nominations. According to author David Wojahn, a three-time winner of the Pushcart Prize, this collection of poetry ?is the best collection yet by a poet who has become one of the most individual and necessary voices of his generation. An almost prophetic rage seems to inhabit these poems, which present us with a speaker who is tender and brutally rueful by turns. Bob Hicok asks to be a voice of conscience in a conscience-less world. And, like all true prophets, his rage and consternation in the end transform themselves into a form of prayer, what one of his poems calls a ?mad . . . devotion.' Hicok is able to instruct and console us, and that is a very rare thing indeed."


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