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Product Details

  • Series: Pitt Poetry Series
  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press (January 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822959917
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822959915
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,646,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The prolific Young (Embryoyo) sometimes seems a creature of mere whimsy, spinning provocative sentences almost at random, one after another; at other times he's a dynamo of invention, whose ceaseless changes of mood and topics, absurd connections between incompatible tones, explicitly sexual energies and underlying unease more than justify his recent prominence and his obvious influence over so many younger American poets. Between its postsurrealist comic claims (In the desert I feel like I'm made/ entirely of broccoli) and its fun with shock value (We sniff glue./ I have a medium-sized White House in my sperm), this ninth book will certainly please fans. Yet the volume also finds Young reaching more often for pathos and earnest representations of pain. One of the best poems begins, Shouldn't someone have run for help by now? Another begins, You must be careful eating thorns. The moments of lament (evoking, at times, Wallace Stevens) allow Young to slow the book down, to make not only a poetry to caricature our contemporary culture (suffused as we are with so much information) but also a verse suffused with halting regret: these saddest of Young's poems might even bring prior doubters into his fold. (Feb.)
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“Dean Young's poems are as entertaining as a three-ring circus and as imaginative as a canvas by Hieronymous Bosch. He is one of the most inventive and satisfying poets writing today.”
—American Academy of Arts and Letters


“Now nine books into his repertoire, Dean Young risks a number of easy criticisms. One of these is that his poems are simply permutations of themselves, that each maps the same territory as the last. Another more conspicuous concern is its extremity. Unabashedly surreal, his imagery and his narrative  impulses can be dismissed as wacky and superfluous. More than any of his past books, ‘Primitive Mentor’ squelches these concerns.”
—Coldfront Magazine


“In Young’s work, the big essential questions--mortality, identity, the meaning of life--aren’t simply food for thought; they’re grounds for entertainment.”
—The Sunday Star (Ontario, Canada)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Pietro on December 27, 2008
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This book was pretty good, despite what one reviewer wrote earlier. However, the problem with this book is that Young's style, that unpredictablity of where lines are going and coming from gives the reader little to savor. After reading this book I felt as if the whole thing ran straight through me and I was left with no memorable moments. Make no mistake though, Young's poems are refreshing. His style is reminiscent of the improvisatory poems of Koch, Goldbarth, and even the beats to an extent. He exceeds Koch's mediocre works and Goldbarth's pieces in "The Kitchen Sink," but his style begins to wear after you read through 10 or so poems. The syntax just slides down the page and the attention falls with it. It begins to feel too much like half-riffs rather than a cohesive melody... even disjunctive. Pitt. Poetry series is a good series and tends toward the "anti-academic" strain of a Bob Hicok (who is a professor BTW) and Dean Young, the Pitt series is worth checking out if you are tired of the pretentiousness of heavily "academic" poems (ironically it is a college press???).

I do recommend this book if you like whimsical and perhaps coy approaches to poetics. But for Young's poetry it must be remembered that some kinds of poetry you have to hear like a live concert where there is more energy and more mistakes, instead of a studio album that has been rehearsed to death.

-Pietro
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alex J. Skowronski on May 4, 2010
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This was a very good read. Most all his poems posed some question about his life's events. "MY Outlook on Life" had a reference to the story of Adam and Eve; others of his poems also had Biblical references. His poetry is very deep and thought provoking. If he isn't posing a question directly, he is leaving the reader questioning the topic of his poems. his poetry has no real rhyme but it does have a certain structure and form. His visions are well thought out and he asks questions without asking. Overall this is a good read for anyone that likes the challenge of good poetry and being left with questions about their own life after each poem they read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Sanford Smith on November 27, 2011
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Sometimes it feels like enough to say that a book was insanely good.

What I previously thought of as hyper-personalized shades of emotion surrounding bouts of reflection on mortality, selfhood, 'place' in all the macro, cosmological meanings as well as the micro, what-am-I-in-my-various-occurrences-of-family ones turned out to really be a bit more complicated. This is a book that shifts with breakage and tremor along the fault lines that form Young's aesthetic gesture, singular enough to converse on and on as many do about surrealist jumps, the reality post-modern 'collage' that Terry Eagleton say is the only art from we've got left, yet of course intrinsically this just leads to more breakage and nuance (even of every last nuance is accidental, which is really what this book is 'all about'), the camera zooming in and out on exponential scales that defy notions of sense-making in a way that reinforces every last bit of meaning we've felt since listening to water drip down the first cave walls.

The play with mortality is arched up by a sort of warm kindness breathed in like humid air that seems to only be visited on the patients in all the vast terminal wings; sure it's impossible to ignore what I've passingly read about Young's health issues but it beautifully doesn't matter, the hints of this strewn with a careless ease about the book as if Young is saying 'Sure, it's about that, it's about me, but let's get a little more ambitious...' and the camera zooms, even as it sits stationary and solitary.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elaine on July 25, 2010
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DY was my professor once - and he's about as weird and crazy in real life as his poetry leads you on to believe. Love him, love his work.
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