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Camera Obscura, Small Views of a Big Poet 

When: Sat., May 30, 6-7 p.m. 2009
Phone: (888) 374-2656
Price: $5
www.piccolospoleto.com

A Piccolo Spoleto Event. Two little-known films. Lord, Let Me Die, but Not Die Out catches Dickey on a three-week poetry brainstorming tour, conversing with passersby, students and poet Robert Lowell. Two Poets, Two Friends provides snippets from the deep and abiding friendship and professional admiration between Dickey and Robert Penn Warren. A Piccolo Spoleto Event. Two little-known films. Lord, Let Me Die, but Not Die Out catches Dickey on a three-week poetry brainstorming tour, conversing with passersby, students and poet Robert Lowell. Two Poets, Two Friends provides snippets from the deep and abiding friendship and professional admiration between Dickey and Robert Penn Warren.

The Buzz:

WHAT IS IT? The Southern Artists Celebratory Series selects one Southern artist each year to highlight his or her work and achievements. This year’s selection is Buckhead, Ga., native James Dickey (1923-1997), the 18th poet laureate of the U.S. The weekend consists of three events. Deliverance at High Noon, a showing/panel discussion of the 1972 cult-classic film Deliverance (based on Dickey’s novel); Camera Obscura, a showing of two documentary-style film shorts; and finally, James Dickey: An American Poet Remembered, a reading and remembrance.

WHY SEE IT? See it because James Dickey was a prolific and gifted writer, one of the brightest poetic minds of the 20th century.

WHO SHOULD GO? Lovers and would-be lovers of James Dickey, as well as anyone who appreciates poetry, literature, and the arts. And also anyone who’s expecting us to use some kind of dueling banjo or squeal-like-a-pig reference right about now. Sorry, we’ve had enough. Besides, can you top Ned Beatty’s buck-naked scramble up the hillside? Thought so. (Signe Pike)

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