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You Who Took the Boat Out

Alison Hicks


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A woman in middle-age takes a canoe out onto the water at night and must discern obstacles barely visible to keep her craft afloat. Her reward is a vision of stars transformed as they are reflected back through water. Her guide is the loon, whose red eye is capable of seeing underwater, and whose wail echoes and beckons. An adolescent whose mother has become ill must traverse the big country she finds inside herself to find a life worth living. A daughter mourns a father. In this collection, Alison Hicks looks beneath the surface of our emotional lives to murky shapes: the twists and turns we are unable to predict, the scrape of love and the experience of being lost, the whimsy of our fantasies, visitation by spirit guides of myth and legend, things we try to keep secret and yet seek to reveal, the hurt that has happened and the tasks to be undertaken.

Unsolicited Press, 9780998087214, 78pp.

Publication Date: February 25, 2017

About the Author

Alison Hicks is the author of full-length poetry collection Kiss (PS Books, 2011), chapbook Falling Dreams (Finishing Line Press, 2006), novella Love: A Story of Images (AWA Press, 2004), and an anthology, Prompted (PS Books, 2010). Her work has appeared in Eclipse, Fifth Wednesday, Gargoyle, Licking River Review, The Ledge, Louisville Review, Passager, Permafrost, Sanskrit, Whiskey Island, and other journals. Her poem "Color" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Green Hills Literary Lantern. Awards include the 2011 Philadelphia City Paper Poetry Prize and two Pennsylvania Council on the Arts fellowships. She is founder of Greater Philadelphia Wordshop Studio, which offers community-based writing workshops. She lives with her husband and son in Havertown, Pennsylvania.