Patrick Hicks

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Patrick Hicks teaches creative writing at Augustana College and he is an advisory editor for New Hibernia Review. He is the author of Traveling Through History (2005) , Draglines (2006) , The Kiss that Saved My Life (2007) , and Finding the Gossamer (2008) . Aside from being a Visiting Fellow at Oxford, he has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize three times and he was shortlisted for the Pablo ... more »

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Not Springing Forward In Barcelona

In a time-zone all our own,
we were a bubble of the past,
a cleanser upon the last sentence of history.
Lazing through tangled medieval lanes
we offered everyone a do-over, a mulligan,
and as time flowed backwards to greet us
we imagined the world transformed—

gashes were healed by knives,
seatbelts were remembered,
nets of salmon effervesced the ocean,
bombs rebuilt cities, swallowed firestorms.
M16s sucked bullets from the resurrected,
disease brought health, everyone got younger,
showers lifted poison from innocent lungs,
refugees ...

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