James Dickey (1923–97)

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James Dickey (1923–97)

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Editat: abr. 20, 2009, 6:49 am

So far, no mention of James Dickey here. There's a brief comment about him in this week's Times Literary Supplement which perhaps gives an insight into what kind of guy he was. It's written by the late English critic, biographer and poet Ian Hamilton:

'James Dickey played blue-grass music and he had this lake on his property and was forever showing off his muscles and thighs. At one point he said, "Yes, I'm so big, I'm so goddam big! And no cocksucking English critic's gonna tell me any different!" ... When I left him he gave me a rib-crushing bear-hug and there were tears running down his face. "Oh, it's been so good", he said... When I looked back he was leaning against his doorpost, his head in his hands, as if he'd just lost his nearest and dearest. And I'd only been there two hours. But that poet had big emotions.'

maig 18, 2009, 2:05 pm

Dickey taught a summer term at New Smyrna beach some years ago and i attended a nightly seminar he gave. What impressed me was the gentleness of a fawn in the body of a bear.

juny 19, 2009, 3:43 pm

James Dickey wrote some very good poetry and one fiction novel which the movie made famous Deliverance. His best poetry written after his two year Korean War stint is contained in Poems:1957-1967 and Falling, May Day Sermon, and Other Poems.
After Deliverance was filmed, his poetry and his writing went downhill. My opinion is he was an egomaniac.