The End of the West
The End of the West

"Dickman's book moves with careful intensity as it confidently illuminates buried, contemporary suffering."—Publishers Weekly

The poems in Michael Dickman's energized debut document the bright desires and all-too-common sufferings of modern times: the churn of domestic violence, spiritual longing, drug abuse, and the impossible expectations fathers have for their sons. In a poem that references heroin and "scary parents," Dickman reminds us that “Still there is a lot to pray to on earth.” Dickman is a poet to watch.

You can go blind, waiting

Unbelievable quiet
except for their

Moving the sea around

Unbelievable quiet inside you, as they change
the face of water

The only other time I felt this still was watching Leif shoot up when we were twelve

Sunlight all over his face

the surface of something
I couldn’t see

You can wait your
whole life

Michael Dickman was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, and began writing poems “after accidentally reading a Neruda ode.” His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Tin House, and The American Poetry Review.

Title The End of the West
Author Michael Dickman
Publisher Copper Canyon Press
Title First Published 01 April 2009
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 96 p.
ISBN-10 1556592892
ISBN-13 9781556592898
Publication Date 01 April 2009
Main content page count 96
Weight 16 oz.
List Price $15.00

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