One of my favorite poems that we read was “Happy Anniversary March 16, 2006” by Bob Hicok, so I looked at some of his other poems. One that really caught my attention was “The Missing,” which is a short poem about the search for a missing girl. What caught my attention, just like “Happy Anniversary,” were the emotions that were being portrayed throughout the poem. Hicok shows all the worry, the fear, the sorrow, and even the guilt that can be associated with this event in the poem, just as he shows the sorrow and naivety of war in “Happy Anniversary.” He connects events to emotions that society can understand and then uses those emotions to force us to see the small picture, the individual that is hidden in the bigger picture. It’s a technique that I have seen across some of his poetry and that I believe helps show the darker side of the world. What do you guys think about these emotions?