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The Safety of Small Things

Poems

The Safety of Small Things meditates on mortality from a revealing perspective. Images of stark examination rooms, the ravages of chemotherapy, biopsies, and gel-soaked towels entwine with remembrance to reveal grace and even beauty where they are least expected. Jane Hicks captures contemporary Appalachia in all of its complexities: the world she presents constantly demonstrates how the past and the present (and even the future) mingle unexpectedly. The poems in this powerful collection juxtapose the splendor and revelation of nature and science, the circle of life, how family and memory give honor to those we've lost, and how they can all fit together. This lyrical and contemplative yet provocative collection sings a song of lucidity, redemption, and celebration.

About the Author

Jane Hicks is a teacher, poet, and fiber artist. Winner of the Appalachian Writers Association 2006 Book of the Year Award in Poetry, she is the author of Blood and Bone Remember: Poems from Appalachia and Driving with the Dead: Poems.

Reviews

"Jane Hicks is one of contemporary poetry's best recorders of the passing of time, both its ravages and its blessings. The poems in The Safety of Small Objects embrace the paradoxes we must live through: even when they recount brutal cancer treatments, funeral planning with an aged mother, or visiting a gravesite, there is nevertheless lots of dancing. Hicks possesses a rare ability to hold up an ordinary object or experience and to illuminate its transcendent qualities, as when she writes in the title poem about the smallest things, chipmunks, an inch worm, fungus, and how they all "lead to an unseen world that flourishes/ while I sleep." She is heir to the voice and vision of Jim Wayne Miller, Kathryn Stripling Byer, and Fred Chappell, and with the arrival of The Safety of Small Objects, it feels increasingly clear that Jane Hicks sits among Appalachia's most important poets."—Jesse Graves, author of Merciful Days and Said-Songs: Essays on Poetry and Place

"These poems are elegiac, yet there is a beautiful amberlike glow within them and, as with amber, they preserve, not only one life, but a time and a place. The Safety of Small Things is further proof that Jane Hicks is one of our country's finest poets."—Ron Rash, poet, short story writer, novelist and the Parris Distinguished Professor in Appalachian Cultural Studies at Western Carolina University

"For more than twenty years, Jane Hicks has been an indispensable voice in the Appalachian literary tradition. One of the few breakthrough feminist poets of her generation, Hicks teaches us that a woman and her place are never separate. Just as the natural world of East Tennessee is both fierce and tender, and cannot be controlled, so too is the woman's body, so too is this woman's life. In The Safety of Small Things, Hicks delivers us the next part of that lesson, difficult though it is: the threat of death is also natural, fierce, tender, and completely out of our charge. The earth does not wait for us to grieve, and so we must, as the poet writes, take our refuge in 'the unseen world' that flourishes even as we sleep. This book is more than wise, it is necessary."—Rebecca Gayle Howell, coeditor of What Things Cost: an anthology for the people

"Throughout Jane Hicks' stunning new collection, The Safety of Small Things, the unseen elements of our lives reveal themselves in vibrant, insistent ways. Sometimes they console. Sometimes they menace. With masterful discernment, Hicks enables us to sense the many-layered truths contained in each moment and to marvel at their resonance....presents a blazing vision that rejects any easy consolation or reductive sentiment. Yet within its rigorously crafted poems, this collection gives us a revelatory glimpse into its hidden world. There, in the presence of the unseen, we find refuge in startling beauty and hard-won survival."—Chapter 16

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Talking Appalachian

edited by Amy D. Clark, Nancy M. Hayward, with contributions byMichael Ellis, Kirk Hazen, Jaime Wagner Flesher, Erin Simmons, Anita Puckett, Jeffrey Reaser, Walt Wolfram, George Ella Lyon, Silas House, Lee Smith, Jane Hicks, Rita Quille...
Aug 2014 - University Press of Kentucky
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Driving with the Dead

Jane Hicks, foreword by George Ella Lyon
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Talking Appalachian

edited by Amy D. Clark, Nancy M. Hayward, with contributions byMichael Ellis, Kirk Hazen, Jaime Wagner Flesher, Erin Simmons, Anita Puckett, Jeffrey Reaser, Walt Wolfram, George Ella Lyon, Silas House, Lee Smith, Jane Hicks, Rita Quille...
Aug 2014 - University Press of Kentucky
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