"Calling him back from layoff" by Bob Hicok
Born in the heart of the car manufacturing world of southern Michigan, Bob Hicok worked in the automotive industry for 20 years. He left to take a teaching job at Western Michigan University, and he currently teaches at Virginia Tech. His first book of poems was published in 1991. "Calling him back from layoff" dramatizes a moment in the lives of two people dealing with the economic downturn.