James Dickey





James Dickey

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born
in Atlanta, Georgia, The United States
February 02, 1923

died
January 19, 1997

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Dickey was born in Atlanta, Georgia. After serving as a pilot in the Second World War, he attended Vanderbilt University. Having earned an MA in 1950, Dickey returned to military duty in the Korean War, serving with the US Air Force. Upon return to civilian life Dickey taught at Rice University in Texas and then at the University of Florida. From 1955 to 1961, he worked for advertising agencies in New York and Atlanta. After the publication of his first book, Into the Stone (Middletown, Conn., 1962), he left advertising and began teaching at various colleges and universities. He became poet-in-residence and Carolina Professor of English at the University of South Carolina.

Dickey's third volume, Buckdancer's Choice (Middletown, 1965), won th...more


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To the White Sea
3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 509 ratings — published 1993 — 11 editions
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James Dickey Poems 1957-1967
4.26 of 5 stars 4.26 avg rating — 122 ratings — published 1967 — 6 editions
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The Whole Motion: Collected...
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Buckdancer's Choice: Poems
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Alnilam
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Drowning With Others
4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 27 ratings — published 1962 — 2 editions
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Babel to Byzantium: Poets a...
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The Complete Poems of James...
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“What you have to realize when you write poetry, or if you love poetry, is that poetry is just naturally the greatest god damn thing that ever was in the whole universe”
James Dickey

“I go out on the side of a hill, maybe hunting deer, and sit there and see the shadow of night coming over the hill, and I can swear to you there is a part of me that is absolutely untouched by anything civilized. There's a part of me that has never heard of a telephone.”
James Dickey

“With my foot on the water, I feel
The moon outside,
Take on the utmost of its power.
I rise and go out through the boats.
I set my broad soul upon silver,
On the skin of the sky, on the moonlight,
Stepping outward from the earth onto water
In quest of the miracle.”
James Dickey

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