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James Dickey

The Selected Poems

James Dickey

Publication Year: 1998

James Dickey: The Selected Poems is the first book to collect James Dickey's very best poems. Like many visionary poets of the ecstatic imagination, Dickey experimented in a wide variety of literary styles. This volume brings together the finest work from each of the periods in Dickey's extremely controversial career. For over three decades, until his death in 1997, Dickey was one of the nation's most important poets; these are the poems that brought him a popular readership and critical acclaim.

Published by: Wesleyan University Press

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pp. iii-

Copyright

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pp. 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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pp. 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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pp. 167-

Night Bird

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pp. 168-

The One

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pp. 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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pp. 175-

Tomb Stone

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pp. 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


E-ISBN-13: 9780819571557
Print-ISBN-13: 9780819522597

Page Count: 200
Publication Year: 1998

Series Title: Wesleyan Poetry Series

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