Annotations for Animal Soul
Independent Publishing Group
Chosen alongside celebrated poets Louise Glück 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."