Cover

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Title

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p. iii

Copyright

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p. iv

Contents

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pp. vii-ix

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Introduction

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pp. xi-xvi

In Babel to Byzatium, his first book of criticism, published in 1968, James Dickey wrote the following about one of the most famous southern poets of the generation that preceded him ...

May Day Sermon to the Women of Gilmer County, Georgia, by a Woman Preacher Leaving the Baptist Church

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pp. 3-13

from Into the Stone and Other Poems (1960)

Sleeping Out at Easter

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pp. 17-18

The Vegetable King

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pp. 19-21

The Performance

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pp. 22-23

from Drowning with Others (1962)

The Lifeguard

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pp. 27-28

Listening to Foxhounds

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pp. 29-30

The Heaven of Animals

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pp. 31-32

In the Tree House at Night

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pp. 33-34

Hunting Civil War Relics at Nimblewill Creek

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pp. 35-37

from Helmets (1964)

The Dusk of Horses

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pp. 41-42

Cherrylog Road

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pp. 43-46

A Folk Singer of the Thirties

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pp. 47-51

The Being

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pp. 52-54

Approaching Prayer

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pp. 55-60

Drinking from a Helmet

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pp. 61-66

from Buckdancer's Choice (1965)

The Firebombing

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pp. 69-77

Buckdancer's Choice

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pp. 78-79

The Celebration

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pp. 80-81

The Shark's Parlor

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pp. 82-84

Fox Blood

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pp. 85-86

The Fiend

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pp. 87-90

Slave Quarters

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pp. 91-96

from Falling (published in Poems, 1957-1967) (1967)

Reincarnation (II)

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pp. 99-108

The Sheep Child

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pp. 109-110

For the Last Wolverine

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pp. 111-113

The Bee

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pp. 114-115

Mary Sheffield

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pp. 116-117

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Falling

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pp. 118-123

The states when they black out and lie there rolling when they turnTo something transcontinental move by drawing moonlight out oftheOne-sided stone hung offthe starboard wingtip some sleeper next toSomewhere the vast beast-whistle ofspace. In the galley with its racksOftrays she rummages for a blanket and moves in her slim tailored...

from The Eye-Beaters, Blood, Victor, Madness, Buckhead and Mercy (1970)

Victory

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pp. 127-130

Pine

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pp. 131-133

Madness

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pp. 134-137

The Eye-Beaters

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pp. 138-143

from The Strength of Fields (1979)

Root-light, or the Lawyer's Daughter

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p. 147

The Strength of Fields

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pp. 148-149

The Rain Guitar

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pp. 150-151

Remnant Water

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pp. 152-153

False Youth: Autumn: Clothes of the Age

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pp. 154-155

from Puella (1982)

From Time

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pp. 159-160

Tapestry and Sail

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pp. 161-162

from The Eagle's Mile (1990)

Eagles

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pp. 165-166

Circuit

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p. 167

Night Bird

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p. 168

The One

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p. 169

The Three

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pp. 170-171

The Eagle's Mile

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pp. 172-174

Meadow Bridge

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p. 175

Tomb Stone

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p. 176

Moon Flock

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pp. 177-178

from Double-tongue: Collaborations and Rewrites Purgation (second version)

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pp. 179-182

Index of Titles and First Lines

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pp. 183-185