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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(229mm x 152mm x 8mm)
University of Pittsburgh Press
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Author Biography - Dean Young
Dean Young has published five previous collections, including Design with X, Beloved Infidel, Strike Anywhere, First Course in Turbulence, and, most recently, Skid, a finalist for the Lenore Marshall Prize. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts and teaches at the Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa and in the low-residency MFA program at Warren Wilson College. He lives in Iowa City and Berkeley, California.