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Embryoyo: New Poems [Paperback]

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People have often tried to pin down what it is that Dean Young does. He has been variously called a New Age surrealist, son of the New York School, a comically tragic poet who knows the pain at the heart of a joke, a lunatic, a stuffed bunny, and a fire engine of the Romantic imagination. But if these things are true, they come at us in a unique, compelling, warm, funny, poignant, and sometimes cracked voice. Each of his poems is an enactment, a representation of psychic life as it moves through modes of argument, autobiography, and conventional lyric impulses while making room for textual experimentation. For Young, what is most important is that the poem be felt and that through his work one can participate in the alarm and beauty, the fury and injury inherent in being alive.

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Pages   88
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.5"
Weight:   0.34 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 10, 2007
Publisher   McSweeney's
ISBN  1932416692  
ISBN13  9781932416695  

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More About Dean Young

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Dean Young has published several books of poetry, including his 2005 collection, "Elegy on Toy Piano," a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. His collection "Skid" was a finalist for the Lenore Marshall Prize. Young has received two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships as well as a Guggenheim Fellowship. He teaches at The Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa and in the Warren Wilson Low Residency Program.

Dean Young currently resides in Berkeley, in the state of California. Dean Young was born in 1955.

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1Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > Poetry > General
2Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > Poetry > Single Authors > United States
3Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > World Literature > United States > History & Criticism > Poetry
4Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > World Literature > United States > Poetry > 20th Century
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Fearless Leader  Mar 9, 2007
Prodigality--superhuman productivity-- is a famous sign of genius, and that's the case with Dean Young, as his fans know. People who suggest that he is publishing too much should just take a nap, or go back to their novels. In fact, though the books keep coming, there has been zero diminshment of inspiration; the poems continue to invent and try new backflips, and most importantly, they continue to testify to the beauty and terror of being alive. There isn't another American poet who is as genuiniely and effectively SINCERE and humanist as Young is; in some ways, all his energetic acrobatics serve to make a protectied space (protected by irony, protected by irrefutable demonstrations of the animal vitality of imagination-- a space in which the man can speak to his fellow humans about our rare condition. Younger American poetry is filled now with zany-ish Dean Young childfren, raised in Dean Young Daycare Centers around the country, fed Ritalin and Scrabble pieces--the worst lack all conviction, the best are filled with passionate intensity. Not DY's fault. The wave will break, and other kinds of poems will be written. And after it, if we are lucky, Young will still be writing his poems on the beach-- not to have a career, or win awards (he has won shockingly few) but because he Has to write them. He's one of our truest, most honest and human, and most brilliant poets. There used to be an expression--"an ornament of the age". Young is one of ours. We should just enjoy him.

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