Bender: New and Selected Poems

Bender: New and Selected Poems

"Young's Bender is a book of survival and strength, of seeing even in the smallest things the heights of what we can be. That's as good a definition of contemporary poetry as any."?NPR "This book reads like a long, breathless thank you for life's seemingly random jumble of beauty, strangeness, tenderness, and joy."? Los Angeles Times "The reader's mind shoots throu "Young's Bender is a book of survival and strength, of seeing even in the smallest things the heights of what we can be...

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Title:Bender: New and Selected Poems
Author:Dean Young
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Genres:Poetry
ISBN:1556594038
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:300 pages pages

Bender: New and Selected Poems Reviews

  • Rick
    Aug 27, 2017

    (Maybe 3.5, in revisiting the best poems.) Really great if inventiveness/playfulness is enough for you. If, like me, you want your poetry to have some emotional pulse that comes from--not logic necessarily, but clarity of thought & association--you'll find a lot of these whimsic...

    What I continue to find stunning about Young's poems is?despite their often absurdist illogic, associative twists, and non sequiturs?they pronounce clearly and honestly their emotional truths, resonant truths that only benefit from their contradiction with the daring wildness of th...

    Dean Young IS a bender though I'm not sure he's ON one. This was my first exposure to Young's work, and I left it joyful, jealous, and just a touch confused. Young's linguistic dexterity resonates on every page of this book, in every poem. Whether he's conjuring similes from his dee...

    Reading a Dean Young poem is like trying to interpret a Joan Miro painting: colorful wordplay here - a witticism there - is that a person I see within the seemingly random shapes? Beautiful poetry, but I have no idea what the hell is going on. Here is one that moved me terribly one ...

    I rarely give one stars, and maybe I should've given these poems more of a chance, but ugh. Let me explain: I like to read my baby poetry while I nurse her; relaxing to her, relaxing to me. I saw this book in my local library's featured new books and picked it up, seemed promising....

    I discovered Dean Young after reading a poem in New Yorker. This collection spans his career, but since it is arranged alphabetically by title instead of chronologically, provides little insight to the development of his hilarious, surreal voice. So what? I haven't enjoyed poetry this ...

    I liked Dean Young's first book of poetry from way back, so looked forward to reading this one expectantly. Alas, there were some poems in this collection I liked, but many were just too much to slog through and did not speak to me. ...

    Dean Young is fantastic. These poems are a great introduction. ...

    Absolutely wonderful. ...

    A truly marvelous read. Dean Young keeps you moving through swift turns of humor, angst and awe. ...

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    a feast ...

    mind in circus death life ...

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  • Beth Marzoni
    Feb 16, 2013

    (Maybe 3.5, in revisiting the best poems.) Really great if inventiveness/playfulness is enough for you. If, like me, you want your poetry to have some emotional pulse that comes from--not logic necessarily, but clarity of thought & association--you'll find a lot of these whimsic...

    What I continue to find stunning about Young's poems is?despite their often absurdist illogic, associative twists, and non sequiturs?they pronounce clearly and honestly their emotional truths, resonant truths that only benefit from their contradiction with the daring wildness of th...

    Dean Young IS a bender though I'm not sure he's ON one. This was my first exposure to Young's work, and I left it joyful, jealous, and just a touch confused. Young's linguistic dexterity resonates on every page of this book, in every poem. Whether he's conjuring similes from his dee...

    Reading a Dean Young poem is like trying to interpret a Joan Miro painting: colorful wordplay here - a witticism there - is that a person I see within the seemingly random shapes? Beautiful poetry, but I have no idea what the hell is going on. Here is one that moved me terribly one ...

    I rarely give one stars, and maybe I should've given these poems more of a chance, but ugh. Let me explain: I like to read my baby poetry while I nurse her; relaxing to her, relaxing to me. I saw this book in my local library's featured new books and picked it up, seemed promising....

    I discovered Dean Young after reading a poem in New Yorker. This collection spans his career, but since it is arranged alphabetically by title instead of chronologically, provides little insight to the development of his hilarious, surreal voice. So what? I haven't enjoyed poetry this ...

    I liked Dean Young's first book of poetry from way back, so looked forward to reading this one expectantly. Alas, there were some poems in this collection I liked, but many were just too much to slog through and did not speak to me. ...

    Dean Young is fantastic. These poems are a great introduction. ...

    Absolutely wonderful. ...

    A truly marvelous read. Dean Young keeps you moving through swift turns of humor, angst and awe. ...

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    a feast ...

    mind in circus death life ...

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  • Jay
    Dec 24, 2012

    (Maybe 3.5, in revisiting the best poems.) Really great if inventiveness/playfulness is enough for you. If, like me, you want your poetry to have some emotional pulse that comes from--not logic necessarily, but clarity of thought & association--you'll find a lot of these whimsic...

    What I continue to find stunning about Young's poems is?despite their often absurdist illogic, associative twists, and non sequiturs?they pronounce clearly and honestly their emotional truths, resonant truths that only benefit from their contradiction with the daring wildness of th...

    Dean Young IS a bender though I'm not sure he's ON one. This was my first exposure to Young's work, and I left it joyful, jealous, and just a touch confused. Young's linguistic dexterity resonates on every page of this book, in every poem. Whether he's conjuring similes from his dee...

    Reading a Dean Young poem is like trying to interpret a Joan Miro painting: colorful wordplay here - a witticism there - is that a person I see within the seemingly random shapes? Beautiful poetry, but I have no idea what the hell is going on. Here is one that moved me terribly one ...

    I rarely give one stars, and maybe I should've given these poems more of a chance, but ugh. Let me explain: I like to read my baby poetry while I nurse her; relaxing to her, relaxing to me. I saw this book in my local library's featured new books and picked it up, seemed promising....

    I discovered Dean Young after reading a poem in New Yorker. This collection spans his career, but since it is arranged alphabetically by title instead of chronologically, provides little insight to the development of his hilarious, surreal voice. So what? I haven't enjoyed poetry this ...

    I liked Dean Young's first book of poetry from way back, so looked forward to reading this one expectantly. Alas, there were some poems in this collection I liked, but many were just too much to slog through and did not speak to me. ...

    Dean Young is fantastic. These poems are a great introduction. ...

    Absolutely wonderful. ...

    A truly marvelous read. Dean Young keeps you moving through swift turns of humor, angst and awe. ...

    ...

    a feast ...

    mind in circus death life ...

  • Rachel McCready-Flora
    Nov 17, 2012

    (Maybe 3.5, in revisiting the best poems.) Really great if inventiveness/playfulness is enough for you. If, like me, you want your poetry to have some emotional pulse that comes from--not logic necessarily, but clarity of thought & association--you'll find a lot of these whimsic...

    What I continue to find stunning about Young's poems is?despite their often absurdist illogic, associative twists, and non sequiturs?they pronounce clearly and honestly their emotional truths, resonant truths that only benefit from their contradiction with the daring wildness of th...

    Dean Young IS a bender though I'm not sure he's ON one. This was my first exposure to Young's work, and I left it joyful, jealous, and just a touch confused. Young's linguistic dexterity resonates on every page of this book, in every poem. Whether he's conjuring similes from his dee...

    Reading a Dean Young poem is like trying to interpret a Joan Miro painting: colorful wordplay here - a witticism there - is that a person I see within the seemingly random shapes? Beautiful poetry, but I have no idea what the hell is going on. Here is one that moved me terribly one ...

    I rarely give one stars, and maybe I should've given these poems more of a chance, but ugh. Let me explain: I like to read my baby poetry while I nurse her; relaxing to her, relaxing to me. I saw this book in my local library's featured new books and picked it up, seemed promising....

  • Glenn
    Feb 13, 2014

    (Maybe 3.5, in revisiting the best poems.) Really great if inventiveness/playfulness is enough for you. If, like me, you want your poetry to have some emotional pulse that comes from--not logic necessarily, but clarity of thought & association--you'll find a lot of these whimsic...

    What I continue to find stunning about Young's poems is?despite their often absurdist illogic, associative twists, and non sequiturs?they pronounce clearly and honestly their emotional truths, resonant truths that only benefit from their contradiction with the daring wildness of th...

    Dean Young IS a bender though I'm not sure he's ON one. This was my first exposure to Young's work, and I left it joyful, jealous, and just a touch confused. Young's linguistic dexterity resonates on every page of this book, in every poem. Whether he's conjuring similes from his dee...

    Reading a Dean Young poem is like trying to interpret a Joan Miro painting: colorful wordplay here - a witticism there - is that a person I see within the seemingly random shapes? Beautiful poetry, but I have no idea what the hell is going on. Here is one that moved me terribly one ...

    I rarely give one stars, and maybe I should've given these poems more of a chance, but ugh. Let me explain: I like to read my baby poetry while I nurse her; relaxing to her, relaxing to me. I saw this book in my local library's featured new books and picked it up, seemed promising....

    I discovered Dean Young after reading a poem in New Yorker. This collection spans his career, but since it is arranged alphabetically by title instead of chronologically, provides little insight to the development of his hilarious, surreal voice. So what? I haven't enjoyed poetry this ...

  • Krzysztof
    Nov 29, 2015

    (Maybe 3.5, in revisiting the best poems.) Really great if inventiveness/playfulness is enough for you. If, like me, you want your poetry to have some emotional pulse that comes from--not logic necessarily, but clarity of thought & association--you'll find a lot of these whimsic...

    What I continue to find stunning about Young's poems is?despite their often absurdist illogic, associative twists, and non sequiturs?they pronounce clearly and honestly their emotional truths, resonant truths that only benefit from their contradiction with the daring wildness of th...

    Dean Young IS a bender though I'm not sure he's ON one. This was my first exposure to Young's work, and I left it joyful, jealous, and just a touch confused. Young's linguistic dexterity resonates on every page of this book, in every poem. Whether he's conjuring similes from his dee...

    Reading a Dean Young poem is like trying to interpret a Joan Miro painting: colorful wordplay here - a witticism there - is that a person I see within the seemingly random shapes? Beautiful poetry, but I have no idea what the hell is going on. Here is one that moved me terribly one ...

    I rarely give one stars, and maybe I should've given these poems more of a chance, but ugh. Let me explain: I like to read my baby poetry while I nurse her; relaxing to her, relaxing to me. I saw this book in my local library's featured new books and picked it up, seemed promising....

    I discovered Dean Young after reading a poem in New Yorker. This collection spans his career, but since it is arranged alphabetically by title instead of chronologically, provides little insight to the development of his hilarious, surreal voice. So what? I haven't enjoyed poetry this ...

    I liked Dean Young's first book of poetry from way back, so looked forward to reading this one expectantly. Alas, there were some poems in this collection I liked, but many were just too much to slog through and did not speak to me. ...

    Dean Young is fantastic. These poems are a great introduction. ...

    Absolutely wonderful. ...

    A truly marvelous read. Dean Young keeps you moving through swift turns of humor, angst and awe. ...

    ...

  • Matthew Ulland
    Aug 07, 2016

    (Maybe 3.5, in revisiting the best poems.) Really great if inventiveness/playfulness is enough for you. If, like me, you want your poetry to have some emotional pulse that comes from--not logic necessarily, but clarity of thought & association--you'll find a lot of these whimsic...

    What I continue to find stunning about Young's poems is?despite their often absurdist illogic, associative twists, and non sequiturs?they pronounce clearly and honestly their emotional truths, resonant truths that only benefit from their contradiction with the daring wildness of th...

    Dean Young IS a bender though I'm not sure he's ON one. This was my first exposure to Young's work, and I left it joyful, jealous, and just a touch confused. Young's linguistic dexterity resonates on every page of this book, in every poem. Whether he's conjuring similes from his dee...

    Reading a Dean Young poem is like trying to interpret a Joan Miro painting: colorful wordplay here - a witticism there - is that a person I see within the seemingly random shapes? Beautiful poetry, but I have no idea what the hell is going on. Here is one that moved me terribly one ...

    I rarely give one stars, and maybe I should've given these poems more of a chance, but ugh. Let me explain: I like to read my baby poetry while I nurse her; relaxing to her, relaxing to me. I saw this book in my local library's featured new books and picked it up, seemed promising....

    I discovered Dean Young after reading a poem in New Yorker. This collection spans his career, but since it is arranged alphabetically by title instead of chronologically, provides little insight to the development of his hilarious, surreal voice. So what? I haven't enjoyed poetry this ...

    I liked Dean Young's first book of poetry from way back, so looked forward to reading this one expectantly. Alas, there were some poems in this collection I liked, but many were just too much to slog through and did not speak to me. ...

    Dean Young is fantastic. These poems are a great introduction. ...

    Absolutely wonderful. ...

    A truly marvelous read. Dean Young keeps you moving through swift turns of humor, angst and awe. ...

    ...

    a feast ...

    mind in circus death life ...

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  • Vincent Scarpa
    May 28, 2015

    (Maybe 3.5, in revisiting the best poems.) Really great if inventiveness/playfulness is enough for you. If, like me, you want your poetry to have some emotional pulse that comes from--not logic necessarily, but clarity of thought & association--you'll find a lot of these whimsic...

  • M
    Oct 09, 2019

    (Maybe 3.5, in revisiting the best poems.) Really great if inventiveness/playfulness is enough for you. If, like me, you want your poetry to have some emotional pulse that comes from--not logic necessarily, but clarity of thought & association--you'll find a lot of these whimsic...

    What I continue to find stunning about Young's poems is?despite their often absurdist illogic, associative twists, and non sequiturs?they pronounce clearly and honestly their emotional truths, resonant truths that only benefit from their contradiction with the daring wildness of th...

    Dean Young IS a bender though I'm not sure he's ON one. This was my first exposure to Young's work, and I left it joyful, jealous, and just a touch confused. Young's linguistic dexterity resonates on every page of this book, in every poem. Whether he's conjuring similes from his dee...

    Reading a Dean Young poem is like trying to interpret a Joan Miro painting: colorful wordplay here - a witticism there - is that a person I see within the seemingly random shapes? Beautiful poetry, but I have no idea what the hell is going on. Here is one that moved me terribly one ...

    I rarely give one stars, and maybe I should've given these poems more of a chance, but ugh. Let me explain: I like to read my baby poetry while I nurse her; relaxing to her, relaxing to me. I saw this book in my local library's featured new books and picked it up, seemed promising....

    I discovered Dean Young after reading a poem in New Yorker. This collection spans his career, but since it is arranged alphabetically by title instead of chronologically, provides little insight to the development of his hilarious, surreal voice. So what? I haven't enjoyed poetry this ...

    I liked Dean Young's first book of poetry from way back, so looked forward to reading this one expectantly. Alas, there were some poems in this collection I liked, but many were just too much to slog through and did not speak to me. ...

    Dean Young is fantastic. These poems are a great introduction. ...

    Absolutely wonderful. ...

    A truly marvelous read. Dean Young keeps you moving through swift turns of humor, angst and awe. ...

    ...

    a feast ...

    mind in circus death life ...

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  • Mark Swanson
    Jun 15, 2013

    (Maybe 3.5, in revisiting the best poems.) Really great if inventiveness/playfulness is enough for you. If, like me, you want your poetry to have some emotional pulse that comes from--not logic necessarily, but clarity of thought & association--you'll find a lot of these whimsic...

    What I continue to find stunning about Young's poems is?despite their often absurdist illogic, associative twists, and non sequiturs?they pronounce clearly and honestly their emotional truths, resonant truths that only benefit from their contradiction with the daring wildness of th...

    Dean Young IS a bender though I'm not sure he's ON one. This was my first exposure to Young's work, and I left it joyful, jealous, and just a touch confused. Young's linguistic dexterity resonates on every page of this book, in every poem. Whether he's conjuring similes from his dee...

    Reading a Dean Young poem is like trying to interpret a Joan Miro painting: colorful wordplay here - a witticism there - is that a person I see within the seemingly random shapes? Beautiful poetry, but I have no idea what the hell is going on. Here is one that moved me terribly one ...

    I rarely give one stars, and maybe I should've given these poems more of a chance, but ugh. Let me explain: I like to read my baby poetry while I nurse her; relaxing to her, relaxing to me. I saw this book in my local library's featured new books and picked it up, seemed promising....

    I discovered Dean Young after reading a poem in New Yorker. This collection spans his career, but since it is arranged alphabetically by title instead of chronologically, provides little insight to the development of his hilarious, surreal voice. So what? I haven't enjoyed poetry this ...

    I liked Dean Young's first book of poetry from way back, so looked forward to reading this one expectantly. Alas, there were some poems in this collection I liked, but many were just too much to slog through and did not speak to me. ...

    Dean Young is fantastic. These poems are a great introduction. ...

    Absolutely wonderful. ...

  • Hunter
    Mar 15, 2015

    (Maybe 3.5, in revisiting the best poems.) Really great if inventiveness/playfulness is enough for you. If, like me, you want your poetry to have some emotional pulse that comes from--not logic necessarily, but clarity of thought & association--you'll find a lot of these whimsic...

    What I continue to find stunning about Young's poems is?despite their often absurdist illogic, associative twists, and non sequiturs?they pronounce clearly and honestly their emotional truths, resonant truths that only benefit from their contradiction with the daring wildness of th...

    Dean Young IS a bender though I'm not sure he's ON one. This was my first exposure to Young's work, and I left it joyful, jealous, and just a touch confused. Young's linguistic dexterity resonates on every page of this book, in every poem. Whether he's conjuring similes from his dee...

    Reading a Dean Young poem is like trying to interpret a Joan Miro painting: colorful wordplay here - a witticism there - is that a person I see within the seemingly random shapes? Beautiful poetry, but I have no idea what the hell is going on. Here is one that moved me terribly one ...

    I rarely give one stars, and maybe I should've given these poems more of a chance, but ugh. Let me explain: I like to read my baby poetry while I nurse her; relaxing to her, relaxing to me. I saw this book in my local library's featured new books and picked it up, seemed promising....

    I discovered Dean Young after reading a poem in New Yorker. This collection spans his career, but since it is arranged alphabetically by title instead of chronologically, provides little insight to the development of his hilarious, surreal voice. So what? I haven't enjoyed poetry this ...

    I liked Dean Young's first book of poetry from way back, so looked forward to reading this one expectantly. Alas, there were some poems in this collection I liked, but many were just too much to slog through and did not speak to me. ...

    Dean Young is fantastic. These poems are a great introduction. ...

    Absolutely wonderful. ...

    A truly marvelous read. Dean Young keeps you moving through swift turns of humor, angst and awe. ...

    ...

    a feast ...

    mind in circus death life ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

  • Bryan
    May 11, 2016

    (Maybe 3.5, in revisiting the best poems.) Really great if inventiveness/playfulness is enough for you. If, like me, you want your poetry to have some emotional pulse that comes from--not logic necessarily, but clarity of thought & association--you'll find a lot of these whimsic...

    What I continue to find stunning about Young's poems is?despite their often absurdist illogic, associative twists, and non sequiturs?they pronounce clearly and honestly their emotional truths, resonant truths that only benefit from their contradiction with the daring wildness of th...

    Dean Young IS a bender though I'm not sure he's ON one. This was my first exposure to Young's work, and I left it joyful, jealous, and just a touch confused. Young's linguistic dexterity resonates on every page of this book, in every poem. Whether he's conjuring similes from his dee...

    Reading a Dean Young poem is like trying to interpret a Joan Miro painting: colorful wordplay here - a witticism there - is that a person I see within the seemingly random shapes? Beautiful poetry, but I have no idea what the hell is going on. Here is one that moved me terribly one ...

    I rarely give one stars, and maybe I should've given these poems more of a chance, but ugh. Let me explain: I like to read my baby poetry while I nurse her; relaxing to her, relaxing to me. I saw this book in my local library's featured new books and picked it up, seemed promising....

    I discovered Dean Young after reading a poem in New Yorker. This collection spans his career, but since it is arranged alphabetically by title instead of chronologically, provides little insight to the development of his hilarious, surreal voice. So what? I haven't enjoyed poetry this ...

    I liked Dean Young's first book of poetry from way back, so looked forward to reading this one expectantly. Alas, there were some poems in this collection I liked, but many were just too much to slog through and did not speak to me. ...

  • Annie
    Aug 26, 2014

    (Maybe 3.5, in revisiting the best poems.) Really great if inventiveness/playfulness is enough for you. If, like me, you want your poetry to have some emotional pulse that comes from--not logic necessarily, but clarity of thought & association--you'll find a lot of these whimsic...

    What I continue to find stunning about Young's poems is?despite their often absurdist illogic, associative twists, and non sequiturs?they pronounce clearly and honestly their emotional truths, resonant truths that only benefit from their contradiction with the daring wildness of th...

    Dean Young IS a bender though I'm not sure he's ON one. This was my first exposure to Young's work, and I left it joyful, jealous, and just a touch confused. Young's linguistic dexterity resonates on every page of this book, in every poem. Whether he's conjuring similes from his dee...

    Reading a Dean Young poem is like trying to interpret a Joan Miro painting: colorful wordplay here - a witticism there - is that a person I see within the seemingly random shapes? Beautiful poetry, but I have no idea what the hell is going on. Here is one that moved me terribly one ...

  • Recknball
    Apr 17, 2017

    (Maybe 3.5, in revisiting the best poems.) Really great if inventiveness/playfulness is enough for you. If, like me, you want your poetry to have some emotional pulse that comes from--not logic necessarily, but clarity of thought & association--you'll find a lot of these whimsic...

    What I continue to find stunning about Young's poems is?despite their often absurdist illogic, associative twists, and non sequiturs?they pronounce clearly and honestly their emotional truths, resonant truths that only benefit from their contradiction with the daring wildness of th...

    Dean Young IS a bender though I'm not sure he's ON one. This was my first exposure to Young's work, and I left it joyful, jealous, and just a touch confused. Young's linguistic dexterity resonates on every page of this book, in every poem. Whether he's conjuring similes from his dee...

    Reading a Dean Young poem is like trying to interpret a Joan Miro painting: colorful wordplay here - a witticism there - is that a person I see within the seemingly random shapes? Beautiful poetry, but I have no idea what the hell is going on. Here is one that moved me terribly one ...

    I rarely give one stars, and maybe I should've given these poems more of a chance, but ugh. Let me explain: I like to read my baby poetry while I nurse her; relaxing to her, relaxing to me. I saw this book in my local library's featured new books and picked it up, seemed promising....

    I discovered Dean Young after reading a poem in New Yorker. This collection spans his career, but since it is arranged alphabetically by title instead of chronologically, provides little insight to the development of his hilarious, surreal voice. So what? I haven't enjoyed poetry this ...

    I liked Dean Young's first book of poetry from way back, so looked forward to reading this one expectantly. Alas, there were some poems in this collection I liked, but many were just too much to slog through and did not speak to me. ...

    Dean Young is fantastic. These poems are a great introduction. ...

    Absolutely wonderful. ...

    A truly marvelous read. Dean Young keeps you moving through swift turns of humor, angst and awe. ...

    ...

    a feast ...

    mind in circus death life ...

    ...

    ...

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  • Max Seifert
    Apr 20, 2017

    (Maybe 3.5, in revisiting the best poems.) Really great if inventiveness/playfulness is enough for you. If, like me, you want your poetry to have some emotional pulse that comes from--not logic necessarily, but clarity of thought & association--you'll find a lot of these whimsic...

    What I continue to find stunning about Young's poems is?despite their often absurdist illogic, associative twists, and non sequiturs?they pronounce clearly and honestly their emotional truths, resonant truths that only benefit from their contradiction with the daring wildness of th...

    Dean Young IS a bender though I'm not sure he's ON one. This was my first exposure to Young's work, and I left it joyful, jealous, and just a touch confused. Young's linguistic dexterity resonates on every page of this book, in every poem. Whether he's conjuring similes from his dee...

    Reading a Dean Young poem is like trying to interpret a Joan Miro painting: colorful wordplay here - a witticism there - is that a person I see within the seemingly random shapes? Beautiful poetry, but I have no idea what the hell is going on. Here is one that moved me terribly one ...

    I rarely give one stars, and maybe I should've given these poems more of a chance, but ugh. Let me explain: I like to read my baby poetry while I nurse her; relaxing to her, relaxing to me. I saw this book in my local library's featured new books and picked it up, seemed promising....

    I discovered Dean Young after reading a poem in New Yorker. This collection spans his career, but since it is arranged alphabetically by title instead of chronologically, provides little insight to the development of his hilarious, surreal voice. So what? I haven't enjoyed poetry this ...

    I liked Dean Young's first book of poetry from way back, so looked forward to reading this one expectantly. Alas, there were some poems in this collection I liked, but many were just too much to slog through and did not speak to me. ...

    Dean Young is fantastic. These poems are a great introduction. ...

    Absolutely wonderful. ...

    A truly marvelous read. Dean Young keeps you moving through swift turns of humor, angst and awe. ...

    ...

    a feast ...

    mind in circus death life ...

    ...

  • Scott Muska
    Sep 24, 2019

    (Maybe 3.5, in revisiting the best poems.) Really great if inventiveness/playfulness is enough for you. If, like me, you want your poetry to have some emotional pulse that comes from--not logic necessarily, but clarity of thought & association--you'll find a lot of these whimsic...

    What I continue to find stunning about Young's poems is?despite their often absurdist illogic, associative twists, and non sequiturs?they pronounce clearly and honestly their emotional truths, resonant truths that only benefit from their contradiction with the daring wildness of th...

    Dean Young IS a bender though I'm not sure he's ON one. This was my first exposure to Young's work, and I left it joyful, jealous, and just a touch confused. Young's linguistic dexterity resonates on every page of this book, in every poem. Whether he's conjuring similes from his dee...

    Reading a Dean Young poem is like trying to interpret a Joan Miro painting: colorful wordplay here - a witticism there - is that a person I see within the seemingly random shapes? Beautiful poetry, but I have no idea what the hell is going on. Here is one that moved me terribly one ...

    I rarely give one stars, and maybe I should've given these poems more of a chance, but ugh. Let me explain: I like to read my baby poetry while I nurse her; relaxing to her, relaxing to me. I saw this book in my local library's featured new books and picked it up, seemed promising....

    I discovered Dean Young after reading a poem in New Yorker. This collection spans his career, but since it is arranged alphabetically by title instead of chronologically, provides little insight to the development of his hilarious, surreal voice. So what? I haven't enjoyed poetry this ...

    I liked Dean Young's first book of poetry from way back, so looked forward to reading this one expectantly. Alas, there were some poems in this collection I liked, but many were just too much to slog through and did not speak to me. ...

    Dean Young is fantastic. These poems are a great introduction. ...

    Absolutely wonderful. ...

    A truly marvelous read. Dean Young keeps you moving through swift turns of humor, angst and awe. ...

    ...

    a feast ...

    mind in circus death life ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

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  • Quinn
    Jan 13, 2013

    (Maybe 3.5, in revisiting the best poems.) Really great if inventiveness/playfulness is enough for you. If, like me, you want your poetry to have some emotional pulse that comes from--not logic necessarily, but clarity of thought & association--you'll find a lot of these whimsic...

    What I continue to find stunning about Young's poems is?despite their often absurdist illogic, associative twists, and non sequiturs?they pronounce clearly and honestly their emotional truths, resonant truths that only benefit from their contradiction with the daring wildness of th...

    Dean Young IS a bender though I'm not sure he's ON one. This was my first exposure to Young's work, and I left it joyful, jealous, and just a touch confused. Young's linguistic dexterity resonates on every page of this book, in every poem. Whether he's conjuring similes from his dee...

    Reading a Dean Young poem is like trying to interpret a Joan Miro painting: colorful wordplay here - a witticism there - is that a person I see within the seemingly random shapes? Beautiful poetry, but I have no idea what the hell is going on. Here is one that moved me terribly one ...

    I rarely give one stars, and maybe I should've given these poems more of a chance, but ugh. Let me explain: I like to read my baby poetry while I nurse her; relaxing to her, relaxing to me. I saw this book in my local library's featured new books and picked it up, seemed promising....

    I discovered Dean Young after reading a poem in New Yorker. This collection spans his career, but since it is arranged alphabetically by title instead of chronologically, provides little insight to the development of his hilarious, surreal voice. So what? I haven't enjoyed poetry this ...

    I liked Dean Young's first book of poetry from way back, so looked forward to reading this one expectantly. Alas, there were some poems in this collection I liked, but many were just too much to slog through and did not speak to me. ...

    Dean Young is fantastic. These poems are a great introduction. ...

    Absolutely wonderful. ...

    A truly marvelous read. Dean Young keeps you moving through swift turns of humor, angst and awe. ...

    ...

    a feast ...

  • Dan
    Jan 31, 2013

    (Maybe 3.5, in revisiting the best poems.) Really great if inventiveness/playfulness is enough for you. If, like me, you want your poetry to have some emotional pulse that comes from--not logic necessarily, but clarity of thought & association--you'll find a lot of these whimsic...

    What I continue to find stunning about Young's poems is?despite their often absurdist illogic, associative twists, and non sequiturs?they pronounce clearly and honestly their emotional truths, resonant truths that only benefit from their contradiction with the daring wildness of th...

    Dean Young IS a bender though I'm not sure he's ON one. This was my first exposure to Young's work, and I left it joyful, jealous, and just a touch confused. Young's linguistic dexterity resonates on every page of this book, in every poem. Whether he's conjuring similes from his dee...

    Reading a Dean Young poem is like trying to interpret a Joan Miro painting: colorful wordplay here - a witticism there - is that a person I see within the seemingly random shapes? Beautiful poetry, but I have no idea what the hell is going on. Here is one that moved me terribly one ...

    I rarely give one stars, and maybe I should've given these poems more of a chance, but ugh. Let me explain: I like to read my baby poetry while I nurse her; relaxing to her, relaxing to me. I saw this book in my local library's featured new books and picked it up, seemed promising....

    I discovered Dean Young after reading a poem in New Yorker. This collection spans his career, but since it is arranged alphabetically by title instead of chronologically, provides little insight to the development of his hilarious, surreal voice. So what? I haven't enjoyed poetry this ...

    I liked Dean Young's first book of poetry from way back, so looked forward to reading this one expectantly. Alas, there were some poems in this collection I liked, but many were just too much to slog through and did not speak to me. ...

    Dean Young is fantastic. These poems are a great introduction. ...

    Absolutely wonderful. ...

    A truly marvelous read. Dean Young keeps you moving through swift turns of humor, angst and awe. ...

  • Jenna Jaco
    Jun 20, 2014

    (Maybe 3.5, in revisiting the best poems.) Really great if inventiveness/playfulness is enough for you. If, like me, you want your poetry to have some emotional pulse that comes from--not logic necessarily, but clarity of thought & association--you'll find a lot of these whimsic...

    What I continue to find stunning about Young's poems is?despite their often absurdist illogic, associative twists, and non sequiturs?they pronounce clearly and honestly their emotional truths, resonant truths that only benefit from their contradiction with the daring wildness of th...

    Dean Young IS a bender though I'm not sure he's ON one. This was my first exposure to Young's work, and I left it joyful, jealous, and just a touch confused. Young's linguistic dexterity resonates on every page of this book, in every poem. Whether he's conjuring similes from his dee...

    Reading a Dean Young poem is like trying to interpret a Joan Miro painting: colorful wordplay here - a witticism there - is that a person I see within the seemingly random shapes? Beautiful poetry, but I have no idea what the hell is going on. Here is one that moved me terribly one ...

    I rarely give one stars, and maybe I should've given these poems more of a chance, but ugh. Let me explain: I like to read my baby poetry while I nurse her; relaxing to her, relaxing to me. I saw this book in my local library's featured new books and picked it up, seemed promising....

    I discovered Dean Young after reading a poem in New Yorker. This collection spans his career, but since it is arranged alphabetically by title instead of chronologically, provides little insight to the development of his hilarious, surreal voice. So what? I haven't enjoyed poetry this ...

    I liked Dean Young's first book of poetry from way back, so looked forward to reading this one expectantly. Alas, there were some poems in this collection I liked, but many were just too much to slog through and did not speak to me. ...

    Dean Young is fantastic. These poems are a great introduction. ...

    Absolutely wonderful. ...

    A truly marvelous read. Dean Young keeps you moving through swift turns of humor, angst and awe. ...

    ...

    a feast ...

    mind in circus death life ...

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    ...

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  • Bill Nelson
    Jun 04, 2014

    (Maybe 3.5, in revisiting the best poems.) Really great if inventiveness/playfulness is enough for you. If, like me, you want your poetry to have some emotional pulse that comes from--not logic necessarily, but clarity of thought & association--you'll find a lot of these whimsic...

    What I continue to find stunning about Young's poems is?despite their often absurdist illogic, associative twists, and non sequiturs?they pronounce clearly and honestly their emotional truths, resonant truths that only benefit from their contradiction with the daring wildness of th...

    Dean Young IS a bender though I'm not sure he's ON one. This was my first exposure to Young's work, and I left it joyful, jealous, and just a touch confused. Young's linguistic dexterity resonates on every page of this book, in every poem. Whether he's conjuring similes from his dee...

    Reading a Dean Young poem is like trying to interpret a Joan Miro painting: colorful wordplay here - a witticism there - is that a person I see within the seemingly random shapes? Beautiful poetry, but I have no idea what the hell is going on. Here is one that moved me terribly one ...

    I rarely give one stars, and maybe I should've given these poems more of a chance, but ugh. Let me explain: I like to read my baby poetry while I nurse her; relaxing to her, relaxing to me. I saw this book in my local library's featured new books and picked it up, seemed promising....

    I discovered Dean Young after reading a poem in New Yorker. This collection spans his career, but since it is arranged alphabetically by title instead of chronologically, provides little insight to the development of his hilarious, surreal voice. So what? I haven't enjoyed poetry this ...

    I liked Dean Young's first book of poetry from way back, so looked forward to reading this one expectantly. Alas, there were some poems in this collection I liked, but many were just too much to slog through and did not speak to me. ...

    Dean Young is fantastic. These poems are a great introduction. ...

  • Jsavett1
    Jul 20, 2013

    (Maybe 3.5, in revisiting the best poems.) Really great if inventiveness/playfulness is enough for you. If, like me, you want your poetry to have some emotional pulse that comes from--not logic necessarily, but clarity of thought & association--you'll find a lot of these whimsic...

    What I continue to find stunning about Young's poems is?despite their often absurdist illogic, associative twists, and non sequiturs?they pronounce clearly and honestly their emotional truths, resonant truths that only benefit from their contradiction with the daring wildness of th...

    Dean Young IS a bender though I'm not sure he's ON one. This was my first exposure to Young's work, and I left it joyful, jealous, and just a touch confused. Young's linguistic dexterity resonates on every page of this book, in every poem. Whether he's conjuring similes from his dee...

  • Chris Dollard
    Apr 10, 2013

    (Maybe 3.5, in revisiting the best poems.) Really great if inventiveness/playfulness is enough for you. If, like me, you want your poetry to have some emotional pulse that comes from--not logic necessarily, but clarity of thought & association--you'll find a lot of these whimsic...

    What I continue to find stunning about Young's poems is?despite their often absurdist illogic, associative twists, and non sequiturs?they pronounce clearly and honestly their emotional truths, resonant truths that only benefit from their contradiction with the daring wildness of th...

    Dean Young IS a bender though I'm not sure he's ON one. This was my first exposure to Young's work, and I left it joyful, jealous, and just a touch confused. Young's linguistic dexterity resonates on every page of this book, in every poem. Whether he's conjuring similes from his dee...

    Reading a Dean Young poem is like trying to interpret a Joan Miro painting: colorful wordplay here - a witticism there - is that a person I see within the seemingly random shapes? Beautiful poetry, but I have no idea what the hell is going on. Here is one that moved me terribly one ...

    I rarely give one stars, and maybe I should've given these poems more of a chance, but ugh. Let me explain: I like to read my baby poetry while I nurse her; relaxing to her, relaxing to me. I saw this book in my local library's featured new books and picked it up, seemed promising....

    I discovered Dean Young after reading a poem in New Yorker. This collection spans his career, but since it is arranged alphabetically by title instead of chronologically, provides little insight to the development of his hilarious, surreal voice. So what? I haven't enjoyed poetry this ...

    I liked Dean Young's first book of poetry from way back, so looked forward to reading this one expectantly. Alas, there were some poems in this collection I liked, but many were just too much to slog through and did not speak to me. ...

    Dean Young is fantastic. These poems are a great introduction. ...

    Absolutely wonderful. ...

    A truly marvelous read. Dean Young keeps you moving through swift turns of humor, angst and awe. ...

    ...

    a feast ...

    mind in circus death life ...

    ...

    ...

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  • Julia Buntaine
    Apr 28, 2013

    (Maybe 3.5, in revisiting the best poems.) Really great if inventiveness/playfulness is enough for you. If, like me, you want your poetry to have some emotional pulse that comes from--not logic necessarily, but clarity of thought & association--you'll find a lot of these whimsic...

    What I continue to find stunning about Young's poems is?despite their often absurdist illogic, associative twists, and non sequiturs?they pronounce clearly and honestly their emotional truths, resonant truths that only benefit from their contradiction with the daring wildness of th...

    Dean Young IS a bender though I'm not sure he's ON one. This was my first exposure to Young's work, and I left it joyful, jealous, and just a touch confused. Young's linguistic dexterity resonates on every page of this book, in every poem. Whether he's conjuring similes from his dee...

    Reading a Dean Young poem is like trying to interpret a Joan Miro painting: colorful wordplay here - a witticism there - is that a person I see within the seemingly random shapes? Beautiful poetry, but I have no idea what the hell is going on. Here is one that moved me terribly one ...

    I rarely give one stars, and maybe I should've given these poems more of a chance, but ugh. Let me explain: I like to read my baby poetry while I nurse her; relaxing to her, relaxing to me. I saw this book in my local library's featured new books and picked it up, seemed promising....

    I discovered Dean Young after reading a poem in New Yorker. This collection spans his career, but since it is arranged alphabetically by title instead of chronologically, provides little insight to the development of his hilarious, surreal voice. So what? I haven't enjoyed poetry this ...

    I liked Dean Young's first book of poetry from way back, so looked forward to reading this one expectantly. Alas, there were some poems in this collection I liked, but many were just too much to slog through and did not speak to me. ...

    Dean Young is fantastic. These poems are a great introduction. ...

    Absolutely wonderful. ...

    A truly marvelous read. Dean Young keeps you moving through swift turns of humor, angst and awe. ...

    ...

    a feast ...

    mind in circus death life ...

    ...

    ...

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  • Alexander
    May 29, 2014

    (Maybe 3.5, in revisiting the best poems.) Really great if inventiveness/playfulness is enough for you. If, like me, you want your poetry to have some emotional pulse that comes from--not logic necessarily, but clarity of thought & association--you'll find a lot of these whimsic...

    What I continue to find stunning about Young's poems is?despite their often absurdist illogic, associative twists, and non sequiturs?they pronounce clearly and honestly their emotional truths, resonant truths that only benefit from their contradiction with the daring wildness of th...

    Dean Young IS a bender though I'm not sure he's ON one. This was my first exposure to Young's work, and I left it joyful, jealous, and just a touch confused. Young's linguistic dexterity resonates on every page of this book, in every poem. Whether he's conjuring similes from his dee...

    Reading a Dean Young poem is like trying to interpret a Joan Miro painting: colorful wordplay here - a witticism there - is that a person I see within the seemingly random shapes? Beautiful poetry, but I have no idea what the hell is going on. Here is one that moved me terribly one ...

    I rarely give one stars, and maybe I should've given these poems more of a chance, but ugh. Let me explain: I like to read my baby poetry while I nurse her; relaxing to her, relaxing to me. I saw this book in my local library's featured new books and picked it up, seemed promising....

    I discovered Dean Young after reading a poem in New Yorker. This collection spans his career, but since it is arranged alphabetically by title instead of chronologically, provides little insight to the development of his hilarious, surreal voice. So what? I haven't enjoyed poetry this ...

    I liked Dean Young's first book of poetry from way back, so looked forward to reading this one expectantly. Alas, there were some poems in this collection I liked, but many were just too much to slog through and did not speak to me. ...

    Dean Young is fantastic. These poems are a great introduction. ...

    Absolutely wonderful. ...

    A truly marvelous read. Dean Young keeps you moving through swift turns of humor, angst and awe. ...

    ...

    a feast ...

    mind in circus death life ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

  • Emily
    Jan 25, 2014

    (Maybe 3.5, in revisiting the best poems.) Really great if inventiveness/playfulness is enough for you. If, like me, you want your poetry to have some emotional pulse that comes from--not logic necessarily, but clarity of thought & association--you'll find a lot of these whimsic...

    What I continue to find stunning about Young's poems is?despite their often absurdist illogic, associative twists, and non sequiturs?they pronounce clearly and honestly their emotional truths, resonant truths that only benefit from their contradiction with the daring wildness of th...

    Dean Young IS a bender though I'm not sure he's ON one. This was my first exposure to Young's work, and I left it joyful, jealous, and just a touch confused. Young's linguistic dexterity resonates on every page of this book, in every poem. Whether he's conjuring similes from his dee...

    Reading a Dean Young poem is like trying to interpret a Joan Miro painting: colorful wordplay here - a witticism there - is that a person I see within the seemingly random shapes? Beautiful poetry, but I have no idea what the hell is going on. Here is one that moved me terribly one ...

    I rarely give one stars, and maybe I should've given these poems more of a chance, but ugh. Let me explain: I like to read my baby poetry while I nurse her; relaxing to her, relaxing to me. I saw this book in my local library's featured new books and picked it up, seemed promising....

    I discovered Dean Young after reading a poem in New Yorker. This collection spans his career, but since it is arranged alphabetically by title instead of chronologically, provides little insight to the development of his hilarious, surreal voice. So what? I haven't enjoyed poetry this ...

    I liked Dean Young's first book of poetry from way back, so looked forward to reading this one expectantly. Alas, there were some poems in this collection I liked, but many were just too much to slog through and did not speak to me. ...

    Dean Young is fantastic. These poems are a great introduction. ...

    Absolutely wonderful. ...

    A truly marvelous read. Dean Young keeps you moving through swift turns of humor, angst and awe. ...

    ...

    a feast ...

    mind in circus death life ...

    ...

    ...

  • Lindsay Schanie
    Jun 17, 2014

    (Maybe 3.5, in revisiting the best poems.) Really great if inventiveness/playfulness is enough for you. If, like me, you want your poetry to have some emotional pulse that comes from--not logic necessarily, but clarity of thought & association--you'll find a lot of these whimsic...

    What I continue to find stunning about Young's poems is?despite their often absurdist illogic, associative twists, and non sequiturs?they pronounce clearly and honestly their emotional truths, resonant truths that only benefit from their contradiction with the daring wildness of th...

    Dean Young IS a bender though I'm not sure he's ON one. This was my first exposure to Young's work, and I left it joyful, jealous, and just a touch confused. Young's linguistic dexterity resonates on every page of this book, in every poem. Whether he's conjuring similes from his dee...

    Reading a Dean Young poem is like trying to interpret a Joan Miro painting: colorful wordplay here - a witticism there - is that a person I see within the seemingly random shapes? Beautiful poetry, but I have no idea what the hell is going on. Here is one that moved me terribly one ...

    I rarely give one stars, and maybe I should've given these poems more of a chance, but ugh. Let me explain: I like to read my baby poetry while I nurse her; relaxing to her, relaxing to me. I saw this book in my local library's featured new books and picked it up, seemed promising....

    I discovered Dean Young after reading a poem in New Yorker. This collection spans his career, but since it is arranged alphabetically by title instead of chronologically, provides little insight to the development of his hilarious, surreal voice. So what? I haven't enjoyed poetry this ...

    I liked Dean Young's first book of poetry from way back, so looked forward to reading this one expectantly. Alas, there were some poems in this collection I liked, but many were just too much to slog through and did not speak to me. ...

    Dean Young is fantastic. These poems are a great introduction. ...

    Absolutely wonderful. ...

    A truly marvelous read. Dean Young keeps you moving through swift turns of humor, angst and awe. ...

    ...

    a feast ...

    mind in circus death life ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

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  • Dylan
    Nov 29, 2016

    (Maybe 3.5, in revisiting the best poems.) Really great if inventiveness/playfulness is enough for you. If, like me, you want your poetry to have some emotional pulse that comes from--not logic necessarily, but clarity of thought & association--you'll find a lot of these whimsic...

    What I continue to find stunning about Young's poems is?despite their often absurdist illogic, associative twists, and non sequiturs?they pronounce clearly and honestly their emotional truths, resonant truths that only benefit from their contradiction with the daring wildness of th...

    Dean Young IS a bender though I'm not sure he's ON one. This was my first exposure to Young's work, and I left it joyful, jealous, and just a touch confused. Young's linguistic dexterity resonates on every page of this book, in every poem. Whether he's conjuring similes from his dee...

    Reading a Dean Young poem is like trying to interpret a Joan Miro painting: colorful wordplay here - a witticism there - is that a person I see within the seemingly random shapes? Beautiful poetry, but I have no idea what the hell is going on. Here is one that moved me terribly one ...

    I rarely give one stars, and maybe I should've given these poems more of a chance, but ugh. Let me explain: I like to read my baby poetry while I nurse her; relaxing to her, relaxing to me. I saw this book in my local library's featured new books and picked it up, seemed promising....

    I discovered Dean Young after reading a poem in New Yorker. This collection spans his career, but since it is arranged alphabetically by title instead of chronologically, provides little insight to the development of his hilarious, surreal voice. So what? I haven't enjoyed poetry this ...

    I liked Dean Young's first book of poetry from way back, so looked forward to reading this one expectantly. Alas, there were some poems in this collection I liked, but many were just too much to slog through and did not speak to me. ...

    Dean Young is fantastic. These poems are a great introduction. ...

    Absolutely wonderful. ...

    A truly marvelous read. Dean Young keeps you moving through swift turns of humor, angst and awe. ...

    ...

    a feast ...

    mind in circus death life ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

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  • Tyler Wagner
    Aug 29, 2018

    (Maybe 3.5, in revisiting the best poems.) Really great if inventiveness/playfulness is enough for you. If, like me, you want your poetry to have some emotional pulse that comes from--not logic necessarily, but clarity of thought & association--you'll find a lot of these whimsic...

    What I continue to find stunning about Young's poems is?despite their often absurdist illogic, associative twists, and non sequiturs?they pronounce clearly and honestly their emotional truths, resonant truths that only benefit from their contradiction with the daring wildness of th...

  • Anastasia
    Apr 10, 2019

    (Maybe 3.5, in revisiting the best poems.) Really great if inventiveness/playfulness is enough for you. If, like me, you want your poetry to have some emotional pulse that comes from--not logic necessarily, but clarity of thought & association--you'll find a lot of these whimsic...

    What I continue to find stunning about Young's poems is?despite their often absurdist illogic, associative twists, and non sequiturs?they pronounce clearly and honestly their emotional truths, resonant truths that only benefit from their contradiction with the daring wildness of th...

    Dean Young IS a bender though I'm not sure he's ON one. This was my first exposure to Young's work, and I left it joyful, jealous, and just a touch confused. Young's linguistic dexterity resonates on every page of this book, in every poem. Whether he's conjuring similes from his dee...

    Reading a Dean Young poem is like trying to interpret a Joan Miro painting: colorful wordplay here - a witticism there - is that a person I see within the seemingly random shapes? Beautiful poetry, but I have no idea what the hell is going on. Here is one that moved me terribly one ...

    I rarely give one stars, and maybe I should've given these poems more of a chance, but ugh. Let me explain: I like to read my baby poetry while I nurse her; relaxing to her, relaxing to me. I saw this book in my local library's featured new books and picked it up, seemed promising....

    I discovered Dean Young after reading a poem in New Yorker. This collection spans his career, but since it is arranged alphabetically by title instead of chronologically, provides little insight to the development of his hilarious, surreal voice. So what? I haven't enjoyed poetry this ...

    I liked Dean Young's first book of poetry from way back, so looked forward to reading this one expectantly. Alas, there were some poems in this collection I liked, but many were just too much to slog through and did not speak to me. ...

    Dean Young is fantastic. These poems are a great introduction. ...

    Absolutely wonderful. ...

    A truly marvelous read. Dean Young keeps you moving through swift turns of humor, angst and awe. ...

    ...

    a feast ...

    mind in circus death life ...

    ...

    ...

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  • Johnny No Bueno
    Apr 04, 2019

    (Maybe 3.5, in revisiting the best poems.) Really great if inventiveness/playfulness is enough for you. If, like me, you want your poetry to have some emotional pulse that comes from--not logic necessarily, but clarity of thought & association--you'll find a lot of these whimsic...

    What I continue to find stunning about Young's poems is?despite their often absurdist illogic, associative twists, and non sequiturs?they pronounce clearly and honestly their emotional truths, resonant truths that only benefit from their contradiction with the daring wildness of th...

    Dean Young IS a bender though I'm not sure he's ON one. This was my first exposure to Young's work, and I left it joyful, jealous, and just a touch confused. Young's linguistic dexterity resonates on every page of this book, in every poem. Whether he's conjuring similes from his dee...

    Reading a Dean Young poem is like trying to interpret a Joan Miro painting: colorful wordplay here - a witticism there - is that a person I see within the seemingly random shapes? Beautiful poetry, but I have no idea what the hell is going on. Here is one that moved me terribly one ...

    I rarely give one stars, and maybe I should've given these poems more of a chance, but ugh. Let me explain: I like to read my baby poetry while I nurse her; relaxing to her, relaxing to me. I saw this book in my local library's featured new books and picked it up, seemed promising....

    I discovered Dean Young after reading a poem in New Yorker. This collection spans his career, but since it is arranged alphabetically by title instead of chronologically, provides little insight to the development of his hilarious, surreal voice. So what? I haven't enjoyed poetry this ...

    I liked Dean Young's first book of poetry from way back, so looked forward to reading this one expectantly. Alas, there were some poems in this collection I liked, but many were just too much to slog through and did not speak to me. ...

    Dean Young is fantastic. These poems are a great introduction. ...

    Absolutely wonderful. ...

    A truly marvelous read. Dean Young keeps you moving through swift turns of humor, angst and awe. ...

    ...

    a feast ...

    mind in circus death life ...

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