Winter 1995 • Vol. XVII No. 1 PoetryJanuary 1, 1995 |

Your Daughter

When she phones at two   stammering the boyfriend's name and the list of ingested riches, a potion        of three-dollar wine, blotter and pills she calls Bullets        but you remember as Black Beauties once your own by-the-handful favorite, after she counts the range     you ask her to, gives her address and describes her bedroom's layout,         convincing you an ambulance is unnecessary drama,         when you work out directions to a town some two hours away and down a dirt road    to a party store with a Dr Pepper sign advertising an iced benediction against its side,       you deliver your wife the Cliff's Notes version        of the worn tale, tell her it's your turn and wish her back to a sleep she won't find.    Driving, you recall your own haze-days, how you stunned yourself into seeming        epiphanic bliss, moments of zealous and

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Bob Hicok's most recent book, Elegy Owed, will be published in the spring of 2013 by Copper Canyon Press.

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