Black Lab

Black Lab

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by David Young
     
 

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David Young, the distinguished poet and translator, offers us a gorgeous cycle of poems attuned to the Midwestern seasons—to weather both emotional and actual. A writer of thrilling invention and humanity, Young beckons the reader into an effortless proximity with the fox at the field’s edge, with the chattering crow and the startling first daffodils of

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David Young, the distinguished poet and translator, offers us a gorgeous cycle of poems attuned to the Midwestern seasons—to weather both emotional and actual. A writer of thrilling invention and humanity, Young beckons the reader into an effortless proximity with the fox at the field’s edge, with the chattering crow and the startling first daffodils of spring. In his tour of both exterior and interior landscapes, the poet scatters his father’s ashes and remembers losing his wife, Chloe, to cancer, a loss at times still fresh after several decades; pays homage to the wisdom of the Chinese masters whose aesthetic has helped shape his own; and reflects on the gladdening qualities of a walk in a snowstorm with his black labrador, Nemo:
and in this snowfall that I should detest,
late March and early April, I’m still rapt
to see his coat so constellated, starred, re-starred,
making a comic cosmos I can love.
Young’s expert shaping of this world in which, as he writes, “We’re never going to get God right. But we / learn to love all our failures on the way,” becomes for the reader a fresh experience of life’s mysterious goodness and of the abundant pleasure of the language that embodies it.


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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
In his tenth volume, Ohio poet Young (English, Oberlin Coll.) works in a variety of forms and styles, each of them well crafted, though the less traditional ones aren't as accessible and will likely not appeal to casual readers. Young's strength lies in his meditative lyrics; his voice is personal, gentle, unassuming, and experienced. The influence of the ancient Chinese masters on his outlook and writing is present but not overpowering, especially in lines like "We're never going to get God right. But we/ learn to love all our failures on the way." The title poem is especially delightful, with its central image of Young walking with his black labrador, "rapt/ to see his coat so constellated, starred, re-starred,/ making a coming cosmos I can love." Throughout, controlled emotion helps avoid sentimentality, as in these lines on his father's death: "and if the myths have got it right for once,/ he turns to find a welcome somewhere else,/ to touch my mother's face and make her smile." Recommended for large poetry collections and for all collections of Midwest poetry.-Michael Kriesel, Aniwa, WI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307494153
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/04/2009
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
80
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

David Young is the author of nine previous books of poetry, including At the White Window (2000) and The Planet on the Desk: Selected and New Poems (1991). He is a well-known translator of the Chinese poets, and more recently of the poems of Petrarch and Eugenio Montale. A past winner of Guggenheim and NEA fellowships as well as a Pushcart Prize, Young is the Longman Professor Emeritus of English and Creative Writing at Oberlin College and an editor of the prestigious Field Poetry Series at Oberlin College Press.


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Black Lab 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was dropped in a seperate room than his sister, mewling pitifully.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She scooped him up and brought him to the lab.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please dont wright that
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pretty good but not the best