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Poems, 1957-1967

James Dickey

Publication Year: 2011

This volume represents, under one cover, the major work of the man whom critics and readers have designated the authentic poet of his American generation. For this collection, James Dickey has selected from his four published books all those poems that reflect his truest interests and his growth as an artist. He has added more than a score of new poems - in effect, a new book in themselves - that have not previously been published in volume form.

Specifically, Poems 1957-1967 contains 15 of the 24 poems that were included in his first book, Into the Stone (1960); 25 of the 36 that made up Drowning With Others (1962); 22 of the 24 in Helmets (1964); the entire 22 in the National Book Award winner Buckdancer's Choice (1965); and, under the titles Sermon and Falling, the exciting new poems mentioned above. Seldom can the word "great" be used of the work of a contemporary in any art. But surely it applies to the poems of James Dickey.

Published by: Wesleyan University Press

Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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pp. ix-xiii

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Acknowledgments

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p. xv

Many of these poems first appeared in publications other than volumes by the author. For their courtesy in granting permission to reprint and in assigning copyrights, grateful acknowledgment is made to the editors of the following: Atlantic Monthly, Beloit Poetry Journal, The Bulletin (Sydney, Australia), Choice, Commentary, Encounter...

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

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pp. 1-13

Into the Stone

SLEEPING OUT AT EASTER

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pp. 17-18

THE UNDERGROUND STREAM

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pp. 19-20

THE STRING

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pp. 21-22

THE VEGETABLE KING

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pp. 23-25

THE ENCLOSURE

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pp. 26-27

THE JEWEL

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pp. 28-29

THE PERFORMANCE

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pp. 30-31

THE WEDDING

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pp. 32-33

THE OTHER

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pp. 34-36

TREES AND CATTLE

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pp. 37-38

WALKING ON WATER

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pp. 39-40

AWAITING THE SWIMMER

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pp. 41-42

ON THE HILL BELOW THE LIGHTHOUSE

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pp. 43-44

NEAR DARIEN

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pp. 45-46

INTO THE STONE

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pp. 47-48

Drowning With Others

THE LIFEGUARD

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pp. 51-52

LISTENING TO FOXHOUNDS

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pp. 53-54

A DOG SLEEPING ON MY FEET

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pp. 55-56

THE MOVEMENT OF FISH

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pp. 57-58

THE HEAVEN OF ANIMALS

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pp. 59-60

A BIRTH

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p. 61

FOG ENVELOPS THE ANIMALS

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pp. 62-63

THE SUMMONS

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pp. 64-65

IN THE TREE HOUSE AT NIGHT

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pp. 66-67

FOR THE NIGHTLY ASCENT OF THE HUNTER ORION OVER A FOREST CLEARING

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pp. 68-69

THE OWL KING

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pp. 70-77

BETWEEN TWO PRISONERS

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pp. 78-80

ARMOR

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pp. 81-82

IN THE LUPANAR AT POMPEII

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pp. 83-84

DROWNING WITH OTHERS

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pp. 85-86

DOVER: BELIEVING IN KINGS

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pp. 87-93

TO HIS CHILDREN IN DARKNESS

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pp. 94-95

A SCREENED PORCH IN THE COUNTRY

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pp. 96-97

HUNTING CIVIL WAR RELICS AT NIMBLEWILL CREEK

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pp. 98-99

THE HOSPITAL WINDOW

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pp. 100-101

THE MAGUS

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p. 102

FACING AFRICA

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pp. 103-104

INSIDE THE RIVER

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pp. 105-106

THE SALT MARSH

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pp. 107-108

IN THE MOUNTAIN TENT

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pp. 109-110

Helmets

THE DUSK OF HORSES

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pp. 113-114

FENCE WIRE

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pp. 115-116

AT DARIEN BRIDGE

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pp. 117-118

CHENILLE

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pp. 119-121

ON THE COOSAWATTEE

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pp. 122-126

WINTER TROUT

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pp. 127-129

SPRINGER MOUNTAIN

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pp. 130-133

CHERRYLOG ROAD

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pp. 134-137

THE SCARRED GIRL

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pp. 138-139

KUDZU

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pp. 140-142

THE BEHOLDERS

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pp. 143-144

THE POISONED MAN

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pp. 145-146

IN THE MARBLE QUARRY

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pp. 147-148

A FOLK SINGER OF THE THIRTIES

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pp. 149-153

THE BEING

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pp. 154-156

THE ICE SKIN

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pp. 157-158

BUMS, ON WAKING

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pp. 159-160

GOODBYE TO SERPENTS

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pp. 161-162

APPROACHING PRAYER

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pp. 163-168

THE DRIVER

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pp. 169-170

HORSES AND PRISONERS

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pp. 171-172

DRINKING FROM A HELMET

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pp. 173-178

Buckdancer's Choice

THE FIREBOMBING

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pp. 181-188

BUCKDANGER'S CHOICE

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pp. 189-190

FACES SEEN ONCE

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pp. 191-193

THE COMMON GRAVE

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pp. 194-195

REINCARNATION

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pp. 196-197

THEM, CRYING

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pp. 198-200

THE CELEBRATION

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pp. 201-202

THE ESCAPE

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pp. 203-204

THE SHARK'S PARLOR

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pp. 205-208

PURSUIT FROM UNDER

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pp. 209-211

FOX BLOOD

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pp. 212-213

FATHERS AND SONS

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pp. 214-217

SLED BURIAL, DREAM CEREMONY

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pp. 218-219

GAMECOCK

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pp. 220-221

THE NIGHT POOL

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p. 222

THE WAR WOUND

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p. 223

MANGHAM

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pp. 224-225

ANGINA

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pp. 226-227

DUST

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pp. 228-229

THE FIEND

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pp. 230-233

SLAVE QUARTERS

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pp. 234-239

Falling

REINCARNATION

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pp. 243-251

THE SHEEP CHILD

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pp. 252-253

SUN

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pp. 254-255

POWER AND LIGHT

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pp. 256-257

THE FLASH

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p. 258

ADULTERY

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pp. 259-260

HEDGE LIFE

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pp. 261-262

SNAKEBITE

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pp. 263-264

BREAD

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pp. 265-266

SUSTAINMENT

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pp. 267-268

A LETTER

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pp. 269-270

THE HEAD-AIM

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p. 271

DARK ONES

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pp. 272-273

ENCOUNTER IN THE CAGE COUNTRY

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pp. 274-275

FOR THE LAST WOLVERINE

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pp. 276-278

THE BEE

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pp. 279-280

MARY SHEFFIELD

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pp. 281-282

DEER AMONG CATTLE

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p. 283

THE LEAP

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pp. 284-285

COMING BACK TO AMERICA

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pp. 286-287

THE BIRTHDAY DREAM

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pp. 288-289

FALSE YOUTH: TWO SEASONS

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pp. 290-292

FALLING

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pp. 293-299


E-ISBN-13: 9780819569820
Print-ISBN-13: 9780819530738

Page Count: 315
Publication Year: 2011

OCLC Number: 767498678
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