From the Contemporary Poetry Series #2
Winner of the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association 2008 Book of the Year Award & named “Poet to Watch” by the NCIBA
In a polyphonic rhythm Disposed picks you up and holds you. This series of 19 poems pops and snaps with a day’s tattoo, registering the patterns of interference and exchange between the inner atmosphere of the mind and the external pressure of the moment. Dickison’s line is a groove, asking you to double back, slide through, on to the reverberating end of each intricately layered composition. In Disposed, now is a weather, seductive, volatile, and dazzling with flashes of articulated experience. When you step into its vernacular crackle, the whole place sings.
Praise for Disposed
“Palpable,” as one is titled: astute, uncalculated thought. “The scattered nature of reality” [Jack Spicer, from the epigraph] coalesces as dream does when it wakes to itself as dream. As though the dead spoke through each instance, seen from here as experience, in a language utterly strange: more intimate than’s usually bearable.
— Sarah Menefee
I’m hooked on just how he attaches
those jazzical slices of the current dense.
Listen her eand know that ceaseless
connection of the Poem Most High.
— Clark Coolidge
Where music meets gesture meets language slackened to its home materials, sound pushed through bells into “weird immaterial” names. “what is any sweet thing divided by zero/what is Jesus H. Christ’s middle name.”
— Rodney Koeneke