August 23, 2014
christopherdickey:

I am looking forward to seeing this, a new, dramatic vision of my father’s classic novel. 

christopherdickey:

I am looking forward to seeing this, a new, dramatic vision of my father’s classic novel. 

November 23, 2013
"The beginning of your true encounter with poetry should be simple. It should bypass all classrooms, all textbooks, courses, examinations and libraries and go straight to the things that make your own existence exist: to your body and nerves and blood and muscles. Find you own way — a secret way that just maybe you don’t know yet — to open yourself as wide as you can and as deep as you can to the moment, the now of your own existence and the endless mystery of it, and perhaps at the same time to one other thing that is not you, but is out there: a handful of gravel is a good place to start. So is an ice cube — what more mysterious and beautiful interior of something has there ever been?”
— James Dickey, quoted on Brain Pickings, from an essay in How to Use the Power of the Printed Word

"The beginning of your true encounter with poetry should be simple. It should bypass all classrooms, all textbooks, courses, examinations and libraries and go straight to the things that make your own existence exist: to your body and nerves and blood and muscles. Find you own way — a secret way that just maybe you don’t know yet — to open yourself as wide as you can and as deep as you can to the moment, the now of your own existence and the endless mystery of it, and perhaps at the same time to one other thing that is not you, but is out there: a handful of gravel is a good place to start. So is an ice cube — what more mysterious and beautiful interior of something has there ever been?”

— James Dickey, quoted on Brain Pickings, from an essay in How to Use the Power of the Printed Word

November 1, 2013
"James Dickey claimed: ‘What I want to do most as a poet is to charge the world with vitality.’ … This definitive edition proves that he succeeded."

— From the Times Literary Supplement (London) review of "The Complete Poems of James Dickey," edited by Ward Briggs, 25 October 2013.

October 13, 2013
Links to some the poems Christopher Dickey, Ward Briggs and Ron Rash read at the Southern Festival of Books:

Cherrylog Road
The Lifeguard
The Heaven of Animals
Encounter in the Cage Country
At Darien Bridge
Them, Crying
For the Last Wolverine
But these and the other poems we read (“The Leap,” a passage from “The Firebombing,” “The Confederate Line at Ogeechee Creek,” and more), are best read on the page in this magnificent book edited by Ward and produced to the highest standards of publishing by the University of South Carolina Press. It’s expensive, but it’s forever.

Links to some the poems Christopher Dickey, Ward Briggs and Ron Rash read at the Southern Festival of Books:

Cherrylog Road

The Lifeguard

The Heaven of Animals

Encounter in the Cage Country

At Darien Bridge

Them, Crying

For the Last Wolverine

But these and the other poems we read (“The Leap,” a passage from “The Firebombing,” “The Confederate Line at Ogeechee Creek,” and more), are best read on the page in this magnificent book edited by Ward and produced to the highest standards of publishing by the University of South Carolina Press. It’s expensive, but it’s forever.

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October 4, 2013
"

These lines may not have been written about Edward Lewis King, Jr., nor for him, but they are of him, I think. Without him, James Dickey might never have found the river, might never have gone on the night hunt:

I stand in my own coming sleep,
A tall spirit ready to wind
LIke a ball of bright thread the wild river
All night around the still form
That shall lie exposed in the open,
Sustained at the heart of the danger
I have passed in the thickets this night
Which shall keep me safe till I wake
And rise, and fall away.

Rest in peace, Lewis, the last of the generation of Deliverance, who died on September 12, in Sautee, Georgia.

"

http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/browse/99/4#!/20588644/1

July 8, 2013
christopherdickey:

As violence threatens to engulf Egypt I’m reminded of the Gunter Eich epigraph on my father’s poem “The Firebombing”: “Think of this, that after the great destruction each man will prove that he was innocent.”

christopherdickey:

As violence threatens to engulf Egypt I’m reminded of the Gunter Eich epigraph on my father’s poem “The Firebombing”: “Think of this, that after the great destruction each man will prove that he was innocent.”

July 4, 2013
The July 4 party at the US Embassy residence in Paris, France, today

The July 4 party at the US Embassy residence in Paris, France, today

July 4, 2013
Sign of the Times: #4JulyFrance - the first thing I see at the US embassy party today

Sign of the Times: #4JulyFrance - the first thing I see at the US embassy party today

July 3, 2013
James Dickey by Joshua Mehigan

June 27, 2013

apoetreflects:

"Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake."

—Henry David Thoreau, from Thoreau and the Art of Life: Precepts and Principles, edited by Roderick MacIver (Heron Dance Press, 2006)