While many people today know James Dickey best at the author of the novel Deliverance (and as the sheriff in the film version of that novel), James Dickey was first and foremost a poet, one of great primal urgency and emotive power whose poetry achieved enormous popularity in his own lifetime and beyond.
I am a fan of James Dickey's poetry, and I have noticed that there are a great deal of excellent resources for readers interested in his poetry on the internet. I have gathered here what I consider to be the best available. If you're a fan of Dickey's like I am, then I hope you enjoy where these links take you, and if you're new to Dickey's work, then I hope they lead you to his books, where you are sure to find more of his fabulous work.
POEMS FROM THE ATLANTIC
"For the last Wolverine"
"The Sheep Child"
"May Day Sermon to the Women of Gilmer County by a Lady Preacher Leaving the Baptist Church"
POEMS FROM POETRY OUT LOUD
POEMS FROM POETS.ORG
POEMS FROM THE POETRY FOUNDATION
Poet and novelist Maria Hummel offers a marvellous essay on Dickey's poem "The Sheep Child" (a personal favourite of mine) at The Poetry Foundation's website. I encourage you to read it after you've read the poem a few times.
Bronwen Dickey on her father's legacy
CNN audio archive of James Dickey
The James Dickey Library, University of South Carolina
The James Dickey papers, Washington University in St. Louis
The James Dickey Society and Newsletter