Elegy On Toy Piano
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 evanescence.
Even in single poems, Young's tone and style vary. No one feeling or idea takes precedence over another, and their simultaneity is frequently revealed; sadness may throw a squirrelly shadow, joy can find itself dressed in mourning black. As in the agitated "Whirlpool Suite": "Pain / and pleasure are two signals carried / over one phoneline."
In taking up subjects as slight as the examination of a signature or a true/false 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 wordplay.
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Review: Elegy On Toy PianoUser Review - Melting Uncle - Goodreads
at first I felt like I wasn't "getting" this book of poems. then I started trying a little bit harder to decipher the code and put together the different pieces. that made things more enjoyable. Dean is weird for sure, but I'm glad I read this and will definitely Young again. Read full review
Review: Elegy On Toy PianoUser Review - Helen - Goodreads
Death made absurd with surreal, twisted absurdist poetry. Each one is bizarre in its own way, making the mind twist and squint in new ways. Daffy Duck, Walt Whitman, sick robots and the corpses of little black squirrels all make an appearance. Death has never been more fun. Read full review