James Dickey

(2 February 1923 – 19 January 1997 / Atlanta, Georgia)

Quotations

  • ''Not dancing but nearly risen
    Through barnlike, theatrelike houses
    On the winds of the buck and wing.''
    James Dickey (b. 1923), U.S. poet. Buckdancer's Choice (l. 31-33). CP-Dick. The Whole Motion; Collected Poems, 1945-1992 [James Dickey]. (1992) Wesleyan University Press.
    9 person liked.
    18 person did not like.
  • ''Proclaiming what choices there are
    For the last dancers of their kind,

    For ill women and for all slaves
    Of death,''
    James Dickey (b. 1923), U.S. poet. Buckdancer's Choice (l. 26-29). CP-Dick. The Whole Motion; Collected Poems, 1945-1992 [James Dickey]. (1992) Wesleyan University Press.
  • ''For years, they have all been dying
    Out, the classic buck-and-wing men''
    James Dickey (b. 1923), U.S. poet. Buckdancer's Choice (l. 8-9). CP-Dick. The Whole Motion; Collected Poems, 1945-1992 [James Dickey]. (1992) Wesleyan University Press.
  • ''The air split into nine levels,
    Some gift of tongues of the whistler''
    James Dickey (b. 1923), U.S. poet. Buckdancer's Choice (l. 2-3). CP-Dick. The Whole Motion; Collected Poems, 1945-1992 [James Dickey]. (1992) Wesleyan University Press.
  • ''the parking lot of the dead.''
    James Dickey (b. 1923), U.S. poet. Cherrylog Road (l. 25). CP-Dick. The Whole Motion; Collected Poems, 1945-1992 [James Dickey]. (1992) Wesleyan University Press.
  • ''Drunk on the wind in my mouth,
    Wringing the handlebar for speed,
    Wild to be wreckage forever.''
    James Dickey (b. 1923), U.S. poet. Cherrylog Road (l. 106-108). CP-Dick. The Whole Motion; Collected Poems, 1945-1992 [James Dickey]. (1992) Wesleyan University Press.
  • ''Off Highway 106
    At Cherrylog Road I entered
    The '34 Ford without wheels,
    Smothered in kudzu,
    With a seat pulled out to run
    Corn whiskey down from the hills,''
    James Dickey (b. 1923), U.S. poet. Cherrylog Road (l. 1-6). CP-Dick. The Whole Motion; Collected Poems, 1945-1992 [James Dickey]. (1992) Wesleyan University Press.
  • ''neat lipsticked stockinged girdled by regulation''
    James Dickey (b. 1923), U.S. poet. Falling (l. 12). CP-Dick. The Whole Motion; Collected Poems, 1945-1992 [James Dickey]. (1992) Wesleyan University Press.
  • ''with the plane nowhere and her body taking by the throat
    The undying cry of the void falling living beginning to be something
    That no one has ever been and lived through screaming without enough air''
    James Dickey (b. 1923), U.S. poet. Falling (l. 9-11). CP-Dick. The Whole Motion; Collected Poems, 1945-1992 [James Dickey]. (1992) Wesleyan University Press.
  • ''a little sight left in the corner
    Of one eye fading seeing something wave lies believing
    That she could have made it''
    James Dickey (b. 1923), U.S. poet. Falling (l. 159-161). CP-Dick. The Whole Motion; Collected Poems, 1945-1992 [James Dickey]. (1992) Wesleyan University Press.

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At Darien Bridge

The sea here used to look
As if many convicts had built it,


Standing deep in their ankle chains,
Ankle-deep in the water, to smite


The land and break it down to salt.

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