I waved my hand over the patch, but made no shadow in the place. —Maurice Manning

The chemo clouds and veils thought,
a stream hits a rock dam, splashes, diffused,
lost but to weeds and mud. A reader cannot read,
follow the course of thought through a chapter,
the flow of an essay, the journey of an article.
The poem saves, its brevity runs thought

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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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