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Surely As Birds Fly

Surely As Birds Fly

H. L. Hix

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The intelligent, eloquent, and luminous poems in H. L. Hix’s third full-length collection, Surely As Birds Fly, exceed the amazing promise and scope of Perfect Hell (1996) and Rational Numbers (2000).

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The intelligent, eloquent, and luminous poems in H. L. Hix’s third full-length collection, Surely As Birds Fly, exceed the amazing promise and scope of Perfect Hell (1996) and Rational Numbers (2000). In the three sequences that make up the book, Hix negotiates the cost of knowledge, eros, and dignity, the burden of lamentation and destiny, the mercurial border between matter and spirit. One will not only admire the lucidity of these poems, but will delight at how they weave the language of science, philosophy, and scripture into a voice singular in its complexity and urgency, a voice beyond innocence, a voice tempered in the forge of history.

—Eric Pankey

Contents

Acknowledgments

A Study of Thermodynamics
Lament for the Blood
Lament for the Lungs
Lament for the Umbilical Cord
Lament for the Teeth
Lament for the Tongue
Lament for the Eyes
Lament for the Hands
Lament for the Feet
Lament for the Genitals
Lament for the Abdomen
Lament for the Fingers

Thistle, Clover, Rape
Riga
Kaunas
Tyrant
Vilnius
The Landscape of the Soul
Tallinn
Hiiumaa
Tartu
Among Trees and Stones
St. Petersburg
Moscow
Novosibirsk

A Manual of Happiness

About the Author

Authors

H. L. Hix was born in Oklahoma and raised in various small towns in the south. After earning his B.A. from Belmont College (now Belmont University) and his Ph.D. (in philosophy) from the University of Texas, Hix taught at the Kansas City Art Institute and was an administrator at the Cleveland Institute of Art, before joining the faculty of the University of Wyoming, where, after a term as director of the creative writing MFA, he now teaches. He has been a visiting professor at Shanghai University and the University of Texas, been the “Distinguished Visitor” at the NEO MFA, and taught in the low-residency MFA at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

H. L. Hix website

Reviews

Tabloid violence, complicated theology and lines of great beauty come together in this instantly memorable and disturbing volume.

Publishers Weekly

A 64-page model of concision in which every word is alive and at work on the page, contributing to a book that is beautiful, frightening, cerebral and visceral.

The Kansas City Star