Black Lab [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307494153
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/4/2009
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • 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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Table of Contents

Walking around retired in Ohio 3
Black labrador 5
January 3, 2003 7
Putting my father's ashes in the cemetery at Springville, Iowa 8
At the Little Bighorn 9
Christmas : Ohio and Capolongo 10
Eating a Red Haven peach in the middle of August in Ohio 11
Dawn on the winter solstice 12
Faux pas 13
Sally and the sun Ovid was always there 20
Lunar eclipse Gnostic hymn 22
Plato and the fall 24
Blake's "Dante and Virgil penetrating the forest" (1824) 25
Late Celan variations 26
Another Gnostic hymn 29
A doctor's history 31
Small multiple elegy 32
February 1, 2003 35
Walking home on an early spring evening 36
I wear my father 38
Chloe in late January 39
A cento of my own 40
June 17, 2003 43
The secret life of light 44
After Bo Juyi : five poems of old age 53
Petrarch watches the moon rise over the Vaucluse 58
The dream of the moving statue 61
Villanelle 62
Yoshitoshi 63
March 10, 2001 64
Swithin 65
The hour of blue snow 66
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