James Dickey

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

James Dickey Poems

1. In The Marble Quarry 4/22/2010
2. At Darien Bridge 4/22/2010
3. The Bee 3/15/2014
4. Bums On Waking 4/22/2010
5. Creation Made Like Hope 4/22/2010
6. The Strength Of Fields 4/22/2010
7. Buckdancer’s Choice 4/22/2010
8. In The Tree House At Night 4/22/2010
9. Falling 4/22/2010
10. The Lifeguard 4/22/2010
11. The Shark's Parlor 4/22/2010
12. Cherrylog Road 4/22/2010
13. Adultery 4/22/2010
14. Pursuit From Under 4/22/2010
15. For The Last Wolverine 4/22/2010
16. The Dusk Of Horses 5/7/2012
17. The Performance 4/22/2010
18. Hunting Civil War Relics At Nimblewill Creek 5/7/2012
19. The Sheep-Child 5/24/2008
20. The Hospital Window 4/22/2010
21. The Heaven Of Animals 3/5/2006
Best Poem of James Dickey

The Heaven Of Animals

Here they are. The soft eyes open.
If they have lived in a wood
It is a wood.
If they have lived on plains
It is grass rolling
Under their feet forever.

Having no souls, they have come,
Anyway, beyond their knowing.
Their instincts wholly bloom
And they rise.
The soft eyes open.

To match them, the landscape flowers,
Outdoing, desperately
Outdoing what is required:
The richest wood,
The deepest field.

For some of these,
It could not be the place
It is, without blood.
These hunt, as they have done,
But with claws and...

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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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