Vague, free-floating anxiety
or teenage angst is not enough for this assignment.
Topics focus on what the agency calls "free-floating anxiety
issues" important to soccer moms, such as finances and health.
Fireflies offer an apt emblem for the sly and wry sensibility that suffuses many of Hicok's observations throughout the collection, such as in "The Bald Truth" and "Mortal Shower," poems concerning that middle-age physique, "Free-floating Anxiety
Sounds like a Pretty Balloon," an inventory of existential malaise, and "Building a Painting a Home," a paean to daydreaming.
It is characterized by excessive, chronic worry, free-floating anxiety
. It sounds almost pleasant doesn't it?
However, this insight, brought to light by the perspicuity of its own intensely focused inner gaze, is quite literally cut away and released like a lonesome space-capsule into the void of free-floating anxiety
that dominates the book's atmosphere.