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The Education of Desire (Wesleyan Poetry Series) Paperback – July 15, 1996

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In his foreword, W. D. Snodgrass draws attention to a shift in Dickey's work, a movement from the "traditional" and Apollonian measures of his earliest books to the "wild prankiness" and "giddy whirl" of this posthumous and unabashedly Dionysian collection. It's important to note, however, that Dickey's poetic outlook remained dark throughout, and despite its stylistic high-spiritedness-and undeniable excellence-this book is a frenzy, not a frolic. Its poems pulsate with the ruthless, unstoppable rhythms of ritual drumming and maddened anato my. Miraculously, their logic never fails, even as images terrify and dizzy: the visions of a soothsayer caught in a spin. Slower movements are steeped in a post-bacchanalian sorrow ("There were never enough / lifeboats, and never / enough gaiety to see us safely through . . .") and a resignation that, from one approaching death, stuns the heart and breaks it: "What I am going to do now is walk toward the hills, and see whether, if I walk long enough, the hills decide to let me arrive there."
Copyright © 1996, Boston Review. All rights reserved. -- From The Boston Review

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5 1/2 x 8 1/2 trim. LC 96-1888

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Product Details

  • Series: Wesleyan Poetry Series
  • Paperback: 83 pages
  • Publisher: Wesleyan; 1st edition (July 15, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0819522368
  • ISBN-13: 978-0819522368
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,858,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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