The Complete Poems of James Dickey
This collection includes 93 poems Dickey did not publish in The Whole Motion (1992), 238 poems that he collected as an overview of his whole career. The Complete Poems of James Dickey also includes an apparatus listing publication data and textual variants for the poems, as well as explanatory notes placing Dickey's poetry in biographical and historical context. Edited with an introduction by Ward Briggs, this authoritative and complete edition will be the definitive primary source for Dickey's poetry.
This collection includes a foreword by poet Richard Howard, president of the PEN American Center and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his 1969 collection, Untitled Subjects.
About the Authors
Ward Briggs is Carolina Distinguished Professor of Classics Emeritus and Louis Fry Scudder Professor of Humanities Emeritus at the University of South Carolina. He has published widely on the history of American classical scholarship, the career of the classicist Basil Lanneau Gildersleeve, and the classical tradition. He was a friend of James Dickey for more than thirty years.
"One must go all the way back to Walt Whitman to find an American poet who can equal the sheer vitality of James Dickey's work. Ward Briggs's majestic compilation solidifies Dickey's position as one of our nation's greatest poets: oracular, unrelenting, and utterly original."—Ron Rash
"As this needed collection reminds us, Dickey's poetry is important not only because it is so skillful, but because it expresses a great deal about the American imagination in its response to an increasingly complex and 'unnatural' phase of civilization. Who can tell us more about our 'American,' 'masculine,' most dangerous selves? Even more than Whitman, Dickey contains multitudes. He cannot be reproached for the fact that some of these aspects of a vast, complex self are at war with the others."—Joyce Carol Oates
"No other American writer since Faulkner has written about landscape, carnality, and war with such music and mythic grandeur."—Adam Tavel, Rain Taxi
"Nevertheless, it is a meticulous and master achievement in both structure and design, and remains a worthwhile investment for any reader seeking a thorough understanding of this great bard's range and ceaseless experimentation."—Adam Tavel, Rain Taxi
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