A shift in Dickey - AshiftinDickey',more "Falling",MayDay...

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A shift in Dickey's standard three-beat line departs from an expedited rhythm to a slower, more  contemplative cadence in the 176 lines of "Falling," the chilling focal work of Falling, May Day  Sermon, and Other Poems (1981). Long, sweeping visual images break into phrases punctuated by  spaces rather than commas. Based on an actual event — the misstep of a stewardess who fell  through the emergency door of a plane — the poem parcels out the deadly plunge in curiously  protective stop-action shots. The strobed melodrama pictures a neatly-groomed form dressed  according to airline regulations as she is altered from employee to casualty. A free flow of details honors the protagonist who dies through no fault or omission of duty.  Simultaneously, like a police officer or insurance investigator, the witness examines the accident from 
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  • Fall '08
  • staff
  • Rhythm, sweeping visual images, strobed melodrama pictures, protective stop­action shots., explicit action words, correct young woman, line departs

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