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Displaying Posts Tagged: poetry


A James Dickey Celebration

James Dickey is one of America’s most distinguished poets. Collected in one volume for the first time, The Complete Poems of James Dickey is an authoritative edition of all 331 of his poems. It is edited by Ward Briggs, Carolina Distinguished Professor of Classics Emeritus, and Louis Fry, Scudder Professor of Humanities Emeritus at the University of South Carolina. The Library hosted a celebration of Dickey’s life and poems on July 15, 2013. The event featured readings of Dickey’s poems by Ward Briggs, Bronwen Dickey, John Lane, and former Georgia Poet Laureate, David Bottoms.

The Library has several books of poetry by James Dickey including The Whole Poems: Collected Poems 1945-1992.


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David Bottoms

Georgia’s Poet Laureate, David Bottoms, joined us with a new collection, We Almost Disappear, that affirms his status among the front rank of poets. Critics are calling the new title his “most personal and heartbreaking book” with its poems firmly rooted in southern soil and in the people of the south. Bottoms was inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame in 2009 and twice has been included on the Georgia Center for the Book’s list of “25 Books All Georgians Should Read.” He has written nearly a dozen books, and his first volume of poetry won the coveted Walt Whitman Prize. This recording was from an author talk he gave on November 11, 2011.


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Kevin Young and Natasha Trethewey

Kevin Young is one of America’s most acclaimed young poets, and he talked with us about the new volume of poetry that he edited called The Art of Losing: Poems of Grief and Healing. Young is the author of several notable books of poetry including For the Confederate DeadJelly RollMost Way Home and Black Maria. He was also joined by the poet Natasha Trethewey, who also contributed to the new volume. Trethewey is the author of Domestic WorkBellocq’s Ophelia, and Native Guard, for which she was awarded the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry.


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Coleman Barks

Coleman Barks, the distinguished, prize-winning poet and translator, visits us with an important new book, Winter Sky: New and Selected Poems, 1968-2008. Critics are calling it “masterful,” rich in vitality and originality, “funny, brave and honest.” Barks has taught creative writing and American poetry in the English department at the University of Georgia for 30 years, and has written and translated dozens of books. He is the foremost translator of the 13th century mystic poet Jalal Al-Din, and his bestsellers include The Essential RumiThe Soul of Rumi and Rumi: Bridge to the Soul.


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