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“Dean Young’s fourth book is caffeinated, frantic. The speaker of these poems is highly attuned to the world, but utterly befuddled by it . . . Theories, conversations, books, friends, mishaps, and other minutiae blend into each other. . . The core struggle here is how one goes about assigning meaning to the arbitrary. Mythologies, once created, rush toward their inevitable collapse.”
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"In this aptly titled collection, Dean Young challenges the reader to hang on as he jigs from one poetic style to another and sets a wondrous course across a Duchampian landscape."
--Chicago Tribune

About the Author

Dean Young has published numerous poetry collections, most recently elegy on toy piano, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and Embryoyo. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts as well as an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
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Product Details

  • Series: Pitt Poetry Series
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press; 1 edition (April 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822956977
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822956976
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,540,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For a few books now Young has been steadily traveling the highway of surrealism. "In First Course in Turbulence" though, Young's wheels hop from the highway and into the stars. This book is wild and associative, beautifully illogical. What Young creates for me is way beyond surreal-- its Duchampish, Dadaistic as he teases and resists, reshapes the senses.
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Reading Dean Young for the first time, I felt the way I felt upon discovering William Matthews or James Tate. Young is a major new poet, one who uses language and stream-of-consciousness in consistently interesting ways.
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I read my first Dean Young poem on the Poetry Daily website, and fell in love with his wonderfully true yet strange voice. He weaves together timeless themes with current cultural references in a seamless way that will immediately have you thinking, "Yes, that's exactly the way it is." I covet his poems; they are on my refrigerator and my office bulletin board. They should be on billboards and in airports and perhaps even beamed up to the moon. Especially if you love the NY School of Poetry (Koch, Ashbery, Schuyler, and O'Hara), you will love Dean Young, too.
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that thar texin' dont know what he's talkin' 'bout.
barly made a lick of sense.
dean is a marvelous invention. if you read him you will discover pleasant sensations throughout your body.
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