In this Book

Poems, 1957–1967
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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-xiii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. xv
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  1. Sermon: May Day Sermon to the Women of Gilmer County, Georgia, by a Woman Preacher Leaving the Baptist Church
  2. pp. 1-13
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  1. Into the Stone
  2. p. 15
  1. SLEEPING OUT AT EASTER
  2. pp. 17-18
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  1. THE UNDERGROUND STREAM
  2. pp. 19-20
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  1. THE STRING
  2. pp. 21-22
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  1. THE VEGETABLE KING
  2. pp. 23-25
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  1. THE ENCLOSURE
  2. pp. 26-27
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  1. THE JEWEL
  2. pp. 28-29
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  1. THE PERFORMANCE
  2. pp. 30-31
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  1. THE WEDDING
  2. pp. 32-33
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  1. THE OTHER
  2. pp. 34-36
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  1. TREES AND CATTLE
  2. pp. 37-38
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  1. WALKING ON WATER
  2. pp. 39-40
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  1. AWAITING THE SWIMMER
  2. pp. 41-42
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  1. ON THE HILL BELOW THE LIGHTHOUSE
  2. pp. 43-44
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  1. NEAR DARIEN
  2. pp. 45-46
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  1. INTO THE STONE
  2. pp. 47-48
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  1. Drowning With Others
  2. p. 49
  1. THE LIFEGUARD
  2. pp. 51-52
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  1. LISTENING TO FOXHOUNDS
  2. pp. 53-54
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  1. A DOG SLEEPING ON MY FEET
  2. pp. 55-56
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  1. THE MOVEMENT OF FISH
  2. pp. 57-58
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  1. THE HEAVEN OF ANIMALS
  2. pp. 59-60
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  1. A BIRTH
  2. p. 61
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  1. FOG ENVELOPS THE ANIMALS
  2. pp. 62-63
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  1. THE SUMMONS
  2. pp. 64-65
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  1. IN THE TREE HOUSE AT NIGHT
  2. pp. 66-67
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  1. FOR THE NIGHTLY ASCENT OF THE HUNTER ORION OVER A FOREST CLEARING
  2. pp. 68-69
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  1. THE OWL KING
  2. pp. 70-77
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  1. BETWEEN TWO PRISONERS
  2. pp. 78-80
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  1. ARMOR
  2. pp. 81-82
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  1. IN THE LUPANAR AT POMPEII
  2. pp. 83-84
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  1. DROWNING WITH OTHERS
  2. pp. 85-86
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  1. DOVER: BELIEVING IN KINGS
  2. pp. 87-93
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  1. TO HIS CHILDREN IN DARKNESS
  2. pp. 94-95
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  1. A SCREENED PORCH IN THE COUNTRY
  2. pp. 96-97
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  1. HUNTING CIVIL WAR RELICS AT NIMBLEWILL CREEK
  2. pp. 98-99
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  1. THE HOSPITAL WINDOW
  2. pp. 100-101
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  1. THE MAGUS
  2. p. 102
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  1. FACING AFRICA
  2. pp. 103-104
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  1. INSIDE THE RIVER
  2. pp. 105-106
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  1. THE SALT MARSH
  2. pp. 107-108
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  1. IN THE MOUNTAIN TENT
  2. pp. 109-110
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  1. Helmets
  2. p. 111
  1. THE DUSK OF HORSES
  2. pp. 113-114
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  1. FENCE WIRE
  2. pp. 115-116
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  1. AT DARIEN BRIDGE
  2. pp. 117-118
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  1. CHENILLE
  2. pp. 119-121
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  1. ON THE COOSAWATTEE
  2. pp. 122-126
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  1. WINTER TROUT
  2. pp. 127-129
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  1. SPRINGER MOUNTAIN
  2. pp. 130-133
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  1. CHERRYLOG ROAD
  2. pp. 134-137
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  1. THE SCARRED GIRL
  2. pp. 138-139
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  1. KUDZU
  2. pp. 140-142
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  1. THE BEHOLDERS
  2. pp. 143-144
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  1. THE POISONED MAN
  2. pp. 145-146
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  1. IN THE MARBLE QUARRY
  2. pp. 147-148
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  1. A FOLK SINGER OF THE THIRTIES
  2. pp. 149-153
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  1. THE BEING
  2. pp. 154-156
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  1. THE ICE SKIN
  2. pp. 157-158
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  1. BUMS, ON WAKING
  2. pp. 159-160
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  1. GOODBYE TO SERPENTS
  2. pp. 161-162
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  1. APPROACHING PRAYER
  2. pp. 163-168
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  1. THE DRIVER
  2. pp. 169-170
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  1. HORSES AND PRISONERS
  2. pp. 171-172
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  1. DRINKING FROM A HELMET
  2. pp. 173-178
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  1. Buckdancer's Choice
  2. p. 179
  1. THE FIREBOMBING
  2. pp. 181-188
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  1. BUCKDANGER'S CHOICE
  2. pp. 189-190
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  1. FACES SEEN ONCE
  2. pp. 191-193
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  1. THE COMMON GRAVE
  2. pp. 194-195
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  1. REINCARNATION
  2. pp. 196-197
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  1. THEM, CRYING
  2. pp. 198-200
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  1. THE CELEBRATION
  2. pp. 201-202
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  1. THE ESCAPE
  2. pp. 203-204
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  1. THE SHARK'S PARLOR
  2. pp. 205-208
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  1. PURSUIT FROM UNDER
  2. pp. 209-211
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  1. FOX BLOOD
  2. pp. 212-213
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  1. FATHERS AND SONS
  2. pp. 214-217
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  1. SLED BURIAL, DREAM CEREMONY
  2. pp. 218-219
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  1. GAMECOCK
  2. pp. 220-221
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  1. THE NIGHT POOL
  2. p. 222
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  1. THE WAR WOUND
  2. p. 223
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  1. MANGHAM
  2. pp. 224-225
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  1. ANGINA
  2. pp. 226-227
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  1. DUST
  2. pp. 228-229
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  1. THE FIEND
  2. pp. 230-233
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  1. SLAVE QUARTERS
  2. pp. 234-239
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  1. Falling
  2. p. 241
  1. REINCARNATION
  2. pp. 243-251
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  1. THE SHEEP CHILD
  2. pp. 252-253
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  1. SUN
  2. pp. 254-255
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  1. POWER AND LIGHT
  2. pp. 256-257
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  1. THE FLASH
  2. p. 258
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  1. ADULTERY
  2. pp. 259-260
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  1. HEDGE LIFE
  2. pp. 261-262
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  1. SNAKEBITE
  2. pp. 263-264
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  1. BREAD
  2. pp. 265-266
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  1. SUSTAINMENT
  2. pp. 267-268
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  1. A LETTER
  2. pp. 269-270
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  1. THE HEAD-AIM
  2. p. 271
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  1. DARK ONES
  2. pp. 272-273
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  1. ENCOUNTER IN THE CAGE COUNTRY
  2. pp. 274-275
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  1. FOR THE LAST WOLVERINE
  2. pp. 276-278
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  1. THE BEE
  2. pp. 279-280
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  1. MARY SHEFFIELD
  2. pp. 281-282
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  1. DEER AMONG CATTLE
  2. p. 283
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  1. THE LEAP
  2. pp. 284-285
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  1. COMING BACK TO AMERICA
  2. pp. 286-287
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  1. THE BIRTHDAY DREAM
  2. pp. 288-289
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  1. FALSE YOUTH: TWO SEASONS
  2. pp. 290-292
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  1. FALLING
  2. pp. 293-299
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