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Buckdancer's Choice

Poems

James Dickey

Publication Year: 2011

Whoever looks to a new book by James Dickey for further work in an established mode, or for mere novelty, is going to be disappointed. But those who seek instead a true widening of the horizons of meaning, coupled with a sure-handed mastery of the craft of poetry, will find this latest collection satisfying indeed.

Here is a man who matches superb gifts with a truly subtle imagination, into whose depths he is courageously traveling--pioneering--in exploratory penetrations into areas of life that are too often evaded or denied. "The Firebombing," "Slave Quarters," "The Fiend"--these poems, with the others that comprise the present volume, show a mature and original poet at his finest.Whoever looks to a new book by James Dickey for further work in an established mode, or for mere novelty, is going to be disappointed. But those who seek instead a true widening of the horizons of meaning, coupled with a sure-handed mastery of the craft of poetry, will find this latest collection satisfying indeed.

Here is a man who matches superb gifts with a truly subtle imagination, into whose depths he is courageously traveling--pioneering--in exploratory penetrations into areas of life that are too often evaded or denied. "The Firebombing," "Slave Quarters," "The Fiend"--these poems, with the others that comprise the present volume, show a mature and original poet at his finest.

Published by: Wesleyan University Press

Title Page, Copyright Page, Dedication Page

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Contents

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pp. 6-7

Part I

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pp. 1-10

The Firebombing

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pp. 11-20

Part 2

Buckdancer's Choice

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pp. 21-22

Faces Seen Once

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pp. 23-25

The Common Grave

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pp. 26-28

Reincarnation

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pp. 29-30

Them, Crying

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pp. 31-33

The Celebration

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pp. 34-35

The Escape

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pp. 36-38

The Shark's Parlor

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pp. 39-42

Part 3

Pursuit from Under

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pp. 43-45

Fox Blood

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pp. 46-47

Fathers and Sons

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pp. 48-51

Sled Burial, Dream Ceremony

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pp. 52-53

Gamecock

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pp. 54-55

The Night Pool

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pp. 56-57

The War Wound

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pp. 58-59

Mangham

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pp. 60-62

Angina

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pp. 63-65

Dust

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pp. 66-67

The Fiend

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pp. 68-72

Part 4

Slave Quarters

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pp. 73-79


E-ISBN-13: 9780819570970
Print-ISBN-13: 9780819510280

Page Count: 79
Publication Year: 2011

Series Title: Wesleyan Poetry Program

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