Published by Salmon Poetry
About Adoptable by Patrick Hicks:
Thousands of childless couples in North America are increasingly turning to international adoption in order to become parents. While there are many wonderful things about transracial international adoption, it is—at its heart—a breaking away. To adopt a child from another country necessarily means taking them away from their culture, their language, and their ancestral background.
As the child grows up, what affect does this have? What does it mean to look across a border and bring a young life towards you? In this new collection, Patrick Hicks explores the thorny connections between home and away, blood and belonging, fatherhood and place, and he examines what it means to be a family.
Patrick Hicks is the author of eight books, including The Commandant of Lubizec, This London, and Finding the Gossamer. His work has appeared in some of the most vital literary journals in America, including Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, The Missouri Review, Prairie Schooner, and many others. His first collection of short stories, The Collector of Names, is forthcoming with Schaffner Press.