Winter 1982 • Vol. IV No. 1 Poetry |

Deborah in Mountain Sound: Bell, Glacier, Rose

Averaging-sound    Of space-thinning   space-harvesting metal—    Obsessional, the outstaying  Life-longing intervals, wherein,    Reasonless as cloud, the male's one luminosity                      is frozen    In a great winding winter-lust around her. Any man must feel In him, the glacier's rammed carry Of upheaval,           change,    A lockjaw concentration on his loins Now glowing, inch-dreaming under the oval    Of the bell interruptedly cloven: With one glance, one instant    Crystallization    Of an eyelash she is set, the mason's rose Of ice-sculpture in her fist,    Her image flash-frozen, unmerited And radiant in the making-fluid of men.

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In 1956, James Dickey resigned his teaching position at The University of Florida when his reading of the poem "The Father's Body" to a local women's group was construed as obscene. He took a position as an advertising copywriter and executive for the McCann-Erickson agency in New York, a position he later described as "selling his soul to the devil in the daytime and buying it back at night." Dickey worked in the advertising business until 1961, when he received a Guggenheim Fellowship that allowed him to move his family to Italy and devote his time to writing poetry.

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