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Dixmont Perfect Paperback – November 24, 2007

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Dixmont is more than a blip on the Doppler screen of American poetry; it measures the weather of our times. Against a background of wars past and present, Rick Campbell wages his own personal battles on several fronts.... --Robert Dana

Rick Campbell's new poems are blocks and chunks of daily life, scooped raw from the dirt we're all made of, and made art by the magic of his wit. They are full of courage and grace, and yes, wonderful humor, too, as they take on the ugliness and beauty and mystery of our mortality.... --Judith Kitchen

About the Author

Rick Campbell is the author of The Traveler's Companion and Setting The World In Order, which won the Walt McDonald Prize, and Dixmont, published by Autumn House Press. Campbell has won an NEA Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, and two fellowships from the Florida Arts Council. He is the director of Anhinga Press and the Anhinga Prize for Poetry, and he teaches English at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida. He lives with his wife and daughter in Gadsden County, Florida.

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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Autumn House Press (November 24, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932870172
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932870176
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,414,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Beautifully written and deceptively simplistic. Something about this poetry is all-inclusive, touching on the mysteries of every day life that we often take for granted. Campbell asks the questions and makes the observations no one seemed to notice before about memories, health, family, loss, hope, travel and so much more. There is humor here mixed with a tender melancholy underlying each word. There is a freshness in Campbell's work from the very beginning as he calls upon his muse with an unexpected twist to their relationship. What is missing is the shameless self-promotion as described by one reviewer below. I thoroughly enjoyed this hauntingly memorable collection.
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Dixmont presents a domestic reckoning with mortality, nature, family and Godhead though the last of these has many names in this volume and all suffice for that force in the world that offers to supplication- hope, healing, and revelation. Although the author might disclaim these things at last in an unwillingness to pigeonhole the divine,there is all the evidence herein to convict this soul of its fulsome degree of love and faith in uncertain life and willingness to dwell within these terms. Our privilege and compensation for entering these pages is an embarkation into intimacy and language of this life:"Now I measure the past by how much I remember/ ...distance by how much I drive from town/ measure the sun by its height in my windshield./...joy by each time the gate swings open and my daughter runs up, flanked by dogs."
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By Nabu on August 21, 2013
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I won't take five paragraphs to explain how bland this book is. Nothing new or fresh; no risk taking. Just the same old thing from a man who publishes his own books. Show me something original in this book and I'll eat my words. My suggestion: check out Charles Simic, Walter Butts or Edson Russell. All different stylistically, yes, but exciting at least. Give me a poet who takes risks over a poet who is content being boring anyday.
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