Even So: New and Selected Poems

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Poetry. Gary Young is one of the country's best known prose poets and his unique, sinuous, brief style has a flavor all its own. This collection includes work selected from six previously published volumes and two unpublished sequences of new work.

"I was struck by the wisdom of this work, a quiet wisdom that inheres in images so fully imagined that one can never forget them. The language has been so thoroughly purified that truth becomes, in the telling, austerely beautiful."—Jay Parini

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Overview


Poetry. Gary Young is one of the country's best known prose poets and his unique, sinuous, brief style has a flavor all its own. This collection includes work selected from six previously published volumes and two unpublished sequences of new work.

"I was struck by the wisdom of this work, a quiet wisdom that inheres in images so fully imagined that one can never forget them. The language has been so thoroughly purified that truth becomes, in the telling, austerely beautiful."—Jay Parini

"There's no word for what Young does, only for what he accomplishes—the capturing of small, daily miracles."—Dorianne Laux

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Publishers Weekly
Since the 1970s, Young has been publishing almost unbelievably intimate and precise poems, most of them in brief, untitled prose blocks, about the small details of love, marriage, parenthood, and close observation of the world at hand. This retrospective gathers many of these pieces, which, despite the small scope of each one, amount to a highly ambitious body of work taken together. What happens in these pieces is hard to summarize, so here is one, quoted in full: “My son wakes screaming. His dreams are real; he’s riding a horse, and the horse falls down. He’s so young, I don’t know how to tell him all our joy is wrung from that terror. Did you like it, I ask him. Fall down, he cries, fall down. Did you like riding the horse? And he looks at me, stops sobbing, and says, yes.” As is the case in the piece above, Young writes with a unique combination of wisdom and terror, engendering a kind of sad calm, a hard-earned acceptance of life’s difficulty and openness to its beauty: “This morning I smelled freesias in the garden and closed my eyes. Suddenly I was young again, and you were still alive.” (Apr.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935210337
  • Publisher: White Pine Press
  • Publication date: 3/13/2012
  • Pages: 260
  • Sales rank: 1,112,002
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary Young: Gary Young is a poet and artist. He has received a Pushcart Prize, and his book of poems, The Dream of a Moral Life, won the James D. Phelan Award. He is the author of several other collections of poetry including Hands, Days, Braver Deeds, No Other Life, and most recently, Pleasure.

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