At first I felt like I wasn t getting this book of
Poems Then I Started then I started a little bit harder to decipher the code and put together the different pieces that made things enjoyable Dean is weird for sure but I m glad I read this and will definitely Young again It has taken me a while to learn to love Dean Young but I m on the way This book helped to turn me around Here s a thing I wrote on it uite a while back there are pieces I loved uotes bits of insight moments in a particular poem but I think dean young s style is just not for me the form is long jilted and scrambled done so purposefully but I still felt a bit let down by how noncommittal most of it seemed this says about my expectations as a reader of poetry than his wrtg because it s definitely good and I DO like how the style rly comes across as one of those sort of scary experimental jazz bloopy atonal piano pieces a bit eerie and not what you d expect and a little befuddled by the whole thing but it sure was a ride I write and perform poetry People ask me often what it is I dodid after hearing a reading This is because of the American notion of poetry as an antiuated museum device that is only seen in passing through reuired reading in a high school lit class and thus not something that is important and evolving Dean Young s book is one of the first I have read in a very long time that proved my own philosophy for poetry that it is alive and only as important as the creativity we care to infuse the form with Most poetry does belong in. In Elegy on Toy Piano Dean Young's sixth book of poems elegiac necessity finds itself next to goofy celebration Daffy Duck enters the Valley of the Eternals Faulkner and bell bottoms cling to beauty's evanescenceEven in single poems Young's tone and style va.
Dean Young Ù 8 ReviewD There were some moments when I
Was Annoyed Not Have Enough Glueannoyed to not have glue between lines and images But there s a lot to love here too Some of my favorites My agony is No Sillier Than Yours Even If It sillier than yours even if it riding a tiny unicycleYou may think you re breaking a window but yo I liked a few of these poems a lot eg flamenco ghost gash but for the most part wasn t getting the vibe Too bad because it s the first book of his I ve gotten my hands on and though one of his other books may be better I m ind of feeling I won t pursue it But hey wonderful whimsical cover smile This is a spectacular collection of poems I re read this book every few months or so Dean Young s style is seductive yet hard to imitate It s funny random hip ironic but founded on a strong bed of sincere inuiry A poem says DNA is surreal because a fair amount of it is gibberish and as such purely artistic which is funny and authentic and somehow persuasiveThe typical poem is a longish single stanza of free verse lines a shape Young proves to be versatile One poem is a catalog of recent deaths Two were in their 70s that s not so old another a percentage breakdown of how much the speaker likes his friends another a TrueFalse uiz probably the book s most famous creation I showed this poem to my students in a few classes had them read it out loud and respond as honestly as possible to the uestions They found some completely insignificant 74 Zinc others conventional if also intrusive 87 I believe in God and still others to be surprisingly. Ied over one phonelineIn taking up subjects as slight as the examination of a signature or a truefalse test and as pressing as the death of friends Young's poems embrace the duplicity of feeling the malleability of perception and the truth telling of wordpla. A museum Young s work does not We ve always been where we are We have no memories of escape climbing the steps with our collapsed maps operating instructions dangling from our necks Tide of ions never let us goan excerpt from What s Wrong with this Picture I really like his style as he is highly creative The poetry is complex and I m not
sure with my understanding that a lot of what is on the page isn t of inside nowledge that Iwith my understanding that a lot of what is on the page isn t of inside nowledge that I supposed to accept while reading I feel the style is pretentiousness without trying I had a hard time following the flow of the poem and left shaking my head at the end of most pieces Don t get me wrong I really like the choice of wording and lines presented throughout his creative process I will revisit him freuently to see if his creative direction becomes clear as I continue to branch out of my comfort zone uite a bit of the material races over my comprehension but I thoroughly enjoyed being confused and there are some real gems in this cove So it s no secret that I m making my way through Young again I got all his books from the ASU library so if you re trying to get them I m sorry and they ll be back soon This one is water damaged and in uite bad shape I miss being able to see the names of is water damaged and in uite bad shape I miss being able to see the names of who have checked out the book they way you could when I was in college I was very curious as I was reading these poems about Young s process It feels like he may have written these differently than he did those in Turbulence Lessons which I just finished They are disjointe. Ry No one feeling or idea takes precedence over another and their simultaneity is freuently revealed; sadness may throw a suirrelly shadow joy can find itself dressed in mourning black As in the agitated Whirlpool Suite Pain and pleasure are two signals carr.