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In this 1981 interview with Don Swaim, James Dickey discusses working in the advertising business, his job as a consultant of poetry at the Library of Congress, and how he once went on welfare in order to work on his writing. He also discusses his poetry, and reads his poem, Voyage of the Needle from his book of poetry Strike the Fields.

Listen to the James Dickey Interview with Don Swaim, November 9, 1981
(28 min. 41 sec.)

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The poet and novelist, James Dickey, tells Don Swaim in this 1983 interview why he chose poetry as a career over all of the other jobs he has held. He also discusses his thoughts on young writers, their tendency to imitate, and the death of Truman Capote. Dickey is the author of Into the Stone and Buckdancer’s Choice, which is the winner of the prestigious National Book Award of Poetry.

Listen to the James Dickey Interview with Don Swaim, November 12, 1984
(34 min. 36 sec.)

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In this 1986 telephone interview, James Dickey talks about the Challenger shuttle disaster. Dickey is a known space buff and tells Don that if he had the chance, he would still go up in space, despite the horrific explosion just a few days before. He also discusses some of his poetry about astronauts.

Listen to the James Dickey Interview with Don Swaim, January 19, 1986
(10 min. 48 sec.)

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James Dickey, decorated fighter pilot, U.S. poet laureate and author of the novel, Deliverance, talks to Don Swaim about advertising, being on welfare, hunting, drinking, writing in his novel Anilam, the distinction between writing fiction and poetry, his writing style as well teaching poetry at the University of South Carolina.

Listen to the James Dickey Interview with Don Swaim, July 3, 1987
(27 min. 33 sec.)

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