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The Whole Motion
Collected Poems, 1945–1992
James Dickey



Wesleyan Poetry Series

Wesleyan
1992 • 494 pp. 6 x 9"
Poetry

$32.95 Paperback, 978-0-8195-1218-5
$25.99 Ebook, 978-0-8195-7154-0

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“There is a physicality and a willfulness, a biblical sweep and grandness to Dickey’s poetry whether he’s writing about dust or combat, trees or animals, love or seasons . . . A definitive retrospective.”Booklist

Documentation of the development of a major literary figure.

For over three decades, James Dickey has been one of the nation’s most important poets and a prominent man of letters. The Whole Motion collects his poetic oeuvre into a single volume: 235 poems from his first book, Into the Stone (1960), to The Eagle’s Mile (1990), along with previously uncollected poems and unpublished “apprentice” works.

Reviews / Endorsements

“There is a physicality and a willfulness, a biblical sweep and grandness to Dickey’s poetry whether he’s writing about dust or combat, trees or animals, love or seasons . . . A definitive retrospective.”Booklist

“One of the things we should mean when we call a poet ‘good’ is that his work returns us to the world and not merely to the poet. We do not assimilate good poetry; we become included in its imagination. James Dickey is a good poet, very good.”Michael Goldman, The Nation

“Dickey is no ruminator or meditator. Perception with him is not a static matter. It is characteristically, whatever his subject, a clash, a confrontation, something that might happen in a cyclotron; and the particles that are struck off are new and packed with primal energy, particles of order destroyed during the act of creation . . . What I am left with is an awed sense of the pure power of these words”—Wallace Stegner

“A career-spanning collection by National Book Award winner James Dickey, ‘the high flier of American poets.’”John Updike



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JAMES DICKEY is Carolina Professor and Poet-in-Residence at University of South Carolina. His many honors include a Guggenheim, a National Book Award and a Melville Cane Award for Buckdancer’s Choice (1965), and the French Prix Médicis for his novel Deliverance (1970). His most recent book is a novel, To the White Sea (1993).



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