That's what prompted the poem. I began drawing comparisons between being old and young and unaware, sometimes utterly unaware when we live in our own tiny world. I watched young couples walking down the Rambla, a popular spot in Barcelona. So I took notes for about two weeks, and finally the poem formed. (Left: View over the Rambla from the Christopher Columbus Monument)
His work has appeared in many of journals at home and abroad, including Antioch Review, The Boston Review, The Boston Phoenix, The Denver Quarterly, Colere, The New England Review, Mudfish, Kansas Quarterly, St. Petersburg Review, El Financiero, The Marlboro Review, Prairie Schooner,
The American Literary Review, Field, Café Review, and several others. He was recently anthologized in Mexico’s La región menos transparente and Devouring the Green: Fear of a Human Plant (Jaded Ibis Press, 2015). In addition to the above, he has four publication ready manuscripts: The Poems of Ouyang (translations from the
Chinese poet, Ouyang Jianghe), Dust without World (translations from the Spanish poetry of Francisco Avila), Rhapsody in a Circle (a novel and sequel to The Nowhere Man), and The Tenderness and the Wood, a book of poems which has placed six times as a finalist for the Dorset Prize. Although he and his wife, Francisca
Esteve Barranca, have lived in Mexico for most of the past several years, the two traveled to China (2012 to 2014) where Fick was a Professor of Comparative Literature. Currently he and his wife live in Odessa, Texas, where Fick is a professor of British and English Literature, as well as Creative Writing in Spanish at The University of Texas of the Permian Basin.