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Poems, 1957–1967
James Dickey

Wesleyan Poetry Series

1967 • 315 pp. 6 x 9"

$24.95 Paperback, 978-0-8195-6055-1
$19.99 Ebook, 978-0-8195-6982-0

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“For me this is the poetry book of the year. I have little doubt that it will prove to be the outstanding collection of one man’s poems to appear in this decade.”—Louis Untermeyer, Saturday Review

Classic poems from a famous American poet

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.

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“The testimony of a man intensifying himself honestly and skillfully.”—William Meredith, New York Times Book Review


Books for College Libraries (1988) Commendation

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JAMES DICKEY, born in Atlanta in 1923, is most widely known as the author of the novel and screenplay Deliverance. He is also the author of several other novels and fifteen books of poetry. His many honors include the National Book Award and a Melville Cane Award for Buckdancer's Choice (1965). He was invited to read at President Carter's inauguration in 1977, and most recently served as Judge of the prestigious Yale Younger Poets series. He died in 1997 in South Carolina.

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