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Luke Wiget

An Ode to Strength

At the end of his life, as his own power waned, James Dickey was still writing about joy

May 29, 2015 Death, and the Day’s Light, James Dickey’s new collection, echoes the eternal, obsessive themes of the late poet’s work: war and love, life and death, the clarifying power of a shared struggle. But these poems also reflect the concerns of a man at the end of his life. Set firmly in the physical world, they speak to the link between body and spirit: as the body breaks, the spirit builds.

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