James Dickey

James Dickey


Author Profession: US writer
Born: February 02, 1923
Died: January 19, 1997
Birth Sign: Aquarius


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I want a fever, in poetry: a fever, and tranquillity.

There ain't nothin' to dyin', really. You just get tired. You kind of drift away.

A poet is someone who stands outside in the rain hoping to be struck by lightning.

To be precise and reckless: that is the consummation devoutly to be wished.

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.

He can't imagine the result of the mission because he never saw it.

I want you all to stand; will you do that for me, please?

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.

The true feeling of sex is that of a deep intimacy, but above all of a deep complicity.

The New York Quarterly is an amazing, intelligent, crazy, creative, strange, and indispensable magazine.

To say that its wrong to feel this way is not the point; you do feel it. All you see is a flash of fire and, depending on your altitude, you don't even see that sometimes.

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.

She was the Judy Garland of American poetry.

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.

I want you to hear a new version of Dueling Banjos. Anyone else is welcome.

William Packard surely must be one of the great editors of our time.

You are bound, my hunch is, to make it just fine.

The success of our operas rests most of the time in the hands of the conductor. This person is as necessary as a tenor or a prima donna. Giuseppe Verdi

Nobody knows what anticipation is anymore. Everything is so immediate. Joan Jett age

The only thing that I can do is know that I have great confidence in raising children and being a great mother. Cheryl Tiegs

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