Michael Dickman

(1975 / Oregon / United States)

Michael Dickman
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Michael Dickman is an American poet born August 20, 1975 in Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The American Poetry Review, Field, Tin House, and Narrative Magazine.
Dickman attended and graduated from La Salle Catholic College Preparatory, after which he attended five colleges (Portland State, the University of San Francisco, Portland Community College, Marylhurst University and the University of Oregon). He received a fellowship from The James A. Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas. In 2009, he received an Alfred Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University.
His poem "Returning to Church" was awarded the 2008 Narrative Prize by ... more »

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From The Lives Of My Friends

What are the birds called
in that neighborhood
The dogs

There were dogs flying
from branch to
branch
My friends and I climbed up the telephone poles to sit on the power lines dressed like
crows

Their voices sounded like lemons

They were a smooth sheet
They grew

black feathers

Not frightening at all
but beautiful, shiny and
full of promise

What kind of light

is that?

The lives of my friends spend all of their time dying and coming back and dying and
coming back

They take a break in summer
to ...

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