Surely as Birds Fly by H. L. Hix
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The intelligent, eloquent, and luminous poems in H L Hix' third full-length collection, exceed the amazing promise and scope of his earlier collections of poems. 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.

About H. L. Hix

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H. L. Hix teaches at the University of Wyoming. His previous books include Legible Heavens, God Bless, Shadows of Houses, Wild and Whirling Words, and As Easy as Lying. His Chromatic was a finalist for the National Book Award.
Published February 28, 2002 by Truman State Univ Press. 72 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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most use a form Hix seems to have invented, in which independent, balanced lines accrete to form the poem as a whole: "The drunken man's staggering makes the sober men lurch?/ Hold heaven in your hand, but leave it here."

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