Elegy On Toy Piano

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University of Pittsburgh Press, Jan 28, 2005 - Poetry - 101 pages
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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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User Review  - abirdman - LibraryThing

Edgy, funny, nervous, sad. Dean Young is the real thing. This is a satisfying book of poetry. It was also a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize. Read full review

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User Review  - Michael - Goodreads

Maybe more like 3.5 stars. But I don't see what the big deal is about this guy. To me, his poems feel like they just glide along the surface. Read full review


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Dean Young has published several books of poetry, including his 2005 collection, Elegy on Toy Piano, afinalist 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.

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