The Whole Motion: Collected Poems, 1945-1992

The Whole Motion: Collected Poems, 1945-1992

by James Dickey

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Documentation of the development of a major literary figure.See more details below


Documentation of the development of a major literary figure.

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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

“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

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This weighty volume offers an impressive testimonial to one of our most complex and prolific poets. Where others condense, Dickey enlarges. His long, limber stanzas have a rhetorical eloquence that seems characteristically Southern, and his sensibility reflects the influence of a rural culture whose relationship to nature is unsentimental and immediate. Some of the most haunting poems discuss flying and falling, as in the verse describing a stewardess swept through the emergency door of an airplane. Dickey subordinates the horror of the incident to a transcendent detachment as the flight attendant's clothes ``come down all over Kansas into bushes on the dewy sixth green/ of a golf course one shoe her girdle coming down fantastically/ on a clothesline, where it belongs her blouse on a lightning rod.'' The publisher could have aided the reader by providing original publication dates as well as a title index, but this is a major collection by an important, prize-winning author. Strongly recommended for all collections.-- Christine Stenstrom, Shea & Gould Law Lib. , New York

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

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