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.