Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The New York Times on "Deliverance" at 40

Dwight Garner's appreciation of James Dickey's Deliverance and of his poetry should launch a long-awaited reexamination of his work:

"Dickey’s moral awareness infuses this book with grainy life; guilt and blame are not easily assigned. The book presents a quagmire none of its characters escape. In 2010, it’s lonely work looking for its serious successors."



  1. It's long enough ago that I cannot remember if I discovered 'Deliverance' through your father's poetry or his poetry through the novel. What I am trying to recall is an essay (poem?) published in one of the major popular publications around the time of Vietnam. In it, he wrote about getting a haircut in a barbershop in South Carolina, one where he asked for only a trim of his rather long hair, and thereby earned several jibes from the other patrons. The conclusion had him donning a jacket with the eagle-and-banner motif embroidered on the back. And the banner carried the word "Poetry."

    All the best. I thought the TIMES piece was superb.

    Gary www.garypresley.com

  2. Gary - You're thinking of a poem, in fact: "False Youth Autumn Clothes of the Age." Part of it is available on the Google books version of "The Whole Motion." For the rest, I guess you'll have to pick up a copy of the print version, although we are working to have the publishers make it available on Kindle.