H. L. Hix

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In EP 15, H. L. Hix creates an investigative dialogue by reading through prior interviews of himself, conducted by others, and reversing them, posing a question (or questions) in place of each answer, and an answer in place of each question.
An excerpt from EP 15:
“What meanings might I mine, beyond meaning enough?

We all are provoked to ask that question occasionally. When I converse with my lover over dinner, I will understand perfectly well all that we say, but when next day I awaken to find that he and his belongings all are gone, I will revisit our dinner conversation to look for additional meanings in what he said to me then (did he warn me he was leaving, and I didn’t catch the warning?) and even in what I said to him (did I imply something I didn’t intend to?).

In my writing I try to keep that question of further meaning live. I try to be asking it not occasionally but ever. In the essay that follows, I have pursued this meaning-mining by “writing through” three interviews, listening for an answer in each question posed, and for the question(s) in each answer given.”

H. L. Hix’s recent books include a poetry collection, I’m Here to Learn to Dream in Your Language, and an art/poetry anthology, Ley Lines. He teaches in the Philosophy Department and the Creative Writing MFA at the University of Wyoming.


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