Selected by Sandra McPherson for the 1996 National Poetry Series The late poet James V. Dickey was judge of the Yale Prize poetry competition when he wrote to A. V. Christie, one of the finalists, “I have become very fond of your poems, especially the elegiac ones. . . . Your work is heartfelt; one believes every word of it. . . . You have given me much in-depth pleasure; have moved me strongly.” The work in Nine Skies is as Dickey described it – heartfelt, moving.