What the Critics Say About Paul Dickey
What Wisconsin Took
Copyright © 2006
by Paul Dickey,
The Parallel Press
Dickey writes with one eye focused on the history of philosophy and science and
the other on a deeply personal
but sharable human experience. He expects of himself that his work be accessible and frequently comical, but
at the same time to demonstate the intellectual honesty and seriousness that his subjects deserve. The Parallel Press
Science and scientific observation are interwoven
through many of the pieces, and many of them read a little like mathematical
equations - precise language forms a nexus around which Dickey builds his
careful observations. Through his exploration of the known world and its
intersection with critical thought, Dickey manages to uncover compelling
human moments of awareness and despair in arresting and heart-piercing imagery.
In What Wisconsin Took, the latest Parallel Press poetry chapbook, Paul Dickey's
Badger-state-tinged poetry personalizes the shared human experiences that define us
all. Dickey is at his best writing about life, death, and all the love and lost love
in between. Along the way, Dickey references many aspects of Wisconsin life throughout
his poetry--locations such as Door County and the Fox River, events like maple syrup
harvesting and Memorial Day cookouts, and many sports references as well.
Michael Worringer, News release from University of Wisconsin Libraries - Madison.
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