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About the Poet In answer to the question "Does regional verse still flourish?" James Lafayette Dickey, a giant among  mid-to-late twentieth-century Southern poets, provided a yes — a definitive sense of place and  person. Dickey, who is grouped with Randall Jarrell, William Styron, Ralph Ellison, and Ernest  Gaines, has earned praise for probing internal monologues and for studies of life forces, which thrust  into scenes of joy, pain, birth, confrontation, survival, and death. His style, a blend of visionary and  humanistic, accommodated a wide-ranging curiosity that refused to be satisfied by surface  knowledge. Dickey was an Atlantan, born February 2, 1923. He excelled in football at North Fulton High and was  struggling through his freshman year at Clemson when he enlisted in the United States Army Air  Corps. While he was based near Luzon during World War II, he flew a hundred missions over 
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