Life and Work


  • Calling him back from layoff, by Bob Hicok

    This video segment from Poetry Everywhere features the poet Bob Hicok reading his poem “Calling him back from layoff” at the Dodge Poetry Festival. Hicok has said, “What I’m most consistently doing is trying to understand why something is on my mind. . . . Maybe writing is nothing more than an inquiry into presences.” In this poem about a laid-off worker being re-hired, we see the economic headlines of our present moment on the mind of a poet.

    For a biography of the poet Bob Hicok please visit the Poetry Foundation Web site.

    Grades: 7-12
  • Dust, by Dorianne Laux

    This video segment from Poetry Everywhere features the poet Dorianne Laux reads her poem “Dust” at the Dodge Poetry Festival. "Poems keep us conscious of the importance of our individual lives,” says Laux. “Dust” examines a fleeting moment of connection that is swept aside and mostly lost in the busy activity of an average day.

    For a biography of the poet Dorianne Laux, please visit the Poetry Foundation Web site.

    Grades: 7-12
  • Slow Dance, by Matthew Dickman

    This video segment from Poetry Everywhere features the poet Matthew Dickman reading his poem “Slow Dance” at the Dodge Poetry Festival. “Human beings are meaning-making creatures. We cannot help it. We cannot stop doing it.” This quote from Matthew Dickman could be the motto of everyone who reads poetry: even when you are not quite sure you understand it, you want to find meaning in it, and you do.

    Grades: 7-12
  • A Partial History of My Stupidity, by Edward Hirsch

    This video segment from Poetry Everywhere features the poet Edward Hirsch reading his poem "A Partial History of My Stupidity" at the Dodge Poetry Festival. Edward Hirsch is drawn to writing about wandering alone in the night, when a person’s thoughts can’t be hidden or drowned out by daily activities, work, or other people’s words. Facing up to what is really on your mind is the exhilarating and scary result of  this night-time wandering.

    For a biography of the poet Edward Hirsch please visit the Poetry Foundation Web site.

    Grades: 7-12