When sorrow comes to your bed
like a just-weaned child, remember
sharp teeth and an appetite too large
to succor. It has its own bed, its own
place, so you both rest, so in the light
of day you give it what it needs,
not what it wants.

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A native of upper East Tennessee, Jane Hicks is an award-winning poet and quilter. Her poetry has appeared in journals and numerous anthologies, and her first book, Blood and Bone Remember, was nominated for and won several awards. Her “literary quilts” illustrate the works of playwright Jo Carson and novelists Sharyn McCrumb and Silas House. The University Press of Kentucky will publish her latest poetry book, Driving with the Dead, in the fall of 2014.

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