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Bob Hicok

The most vital surprise
came after, as we talked and she made
not the slightest move
to clothe or cover, an openness
effecting ease, allowing anything to be said,
when we lolled for hours
in the afternoon light, through dusk,
until night, when I could no longer tell
where her body ended or words began.”

— Bob Hicok, from “Learning of ‘It,” The Legend of Light (University of Wisconsin Press, 1995)


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