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Born in February 2, 1923 / Died in January 19, 1997 / United States / English

Quotes by James Dickey

He can't imagine the result of the mission because he never saw it.
A poet is someone who stands outside in the rain hoping to be struck by lightning.
She was the Judy Garland of American poetry.
I want you all to stand; will you do that for me, please?
I want a fever, in poetry: a fever, and tranquillity.
To have guilt you've got to earn guilt, but sometimes when you earn it, you don't feel the guilt you ought to have. And that's what The Firebombing is about.
William Packard surely must be one of the great editors of our time.
To be precise and reckless: that is the consummation devoutly to be wished.
I want you to hear a new version of Dueling Banjos. Anyone else is welcome.
So much destruction in modern war takes place miles and miles away from the source of the destruction, the human being who has caused it.
I think Ginsberg has done more harm to the craft that I honor and live by than anybody else by reducing it to a kind of mean that enables the most dubious practitioners to claim they are poets because they think, If the kind of thing Ginsberg does is poetry, I can do that.
There ain't nothin' to dyin', really. You just get tired. You kind of drift away.
The New York Quarterly is an amazing, intelligent, crazy, creative, strange, and indispensable magazine.
The true feeling of sex is that of a deep intimacy, but above all of a deep complicity.
You are bound, my hunch is, to make it just fine.
Detachment produces a peculiar state of mind. Maybe that's the worst sentence of all, to be deprived of feeling what a human being ought to be entitled to feel.
Proclaiming what choices there are For the last dancers of their kind, For ill women and for all slaves Of death,
She is watching her country lose its evoked master shape watching it lose...