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First Course in Turbulence

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Finalist for ForeWord Magazine 1999 Poetry Book of the Year

With rapid shifts between subject and tone, sometimes within single poems, Dean Young’s latest book explores the kaleidoscopic welter of art and life. Here parody does not exclude the cri de coeur any more than seriousness excludes the joke. With surrealist volatility, these poems are the result of experiments that continue for the reader during each reading. Young moves from reworkings of creation myths, the index of ...

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Overview


Finalist for ForeWord Magazine 1999 Poetry Book of the Year

With rapid shifts between subject and tone, sometimes within single poems, Dean Young’s latest book explores the kaleidoscopic welter of art and life. Here parody does not exclude the cri de coeur any more than seriousness excludes the joke. With surrealist volatility, these poems are the result of experiments that continue for the reader during each reading. Young moves from reworkings of creation myths, the index of the Norton Anthology of Poetry, pseudo reports and memos, collaged biographies, talking clouds, and worms, to memory, mourning, sexual playfulness, and deep sadness in the course of this turbulent book.

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Editorial Reviews

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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.”
--Boston Book Review

"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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822956976
  • Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1999
  • Series: Pitt Poetry Series
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 1,184,131
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet 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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Table of Contents

If Thou Dislik'st What Thou First Light'st On 3
The Infirmament 5
The Unattainable 6
Acceptance Speech 8
Tiger 10
Warbler 12
He Said Turn Here 14
Bird Sanctuary 16
Sky Dive 18
Familiar Territory 20
The Invention of Heaven 22
Tribe 23
Only One of My Deaths 27
And Because Her Face 28
Colophon 30
Maybe It Meant Something Else 32
Lives of the Inventors 34
Mortal Poem 36
Arts of Camouflage 38
Lives of the Painters 40
Don't Wear That Shirt with Those Pants 42
Unthreatening Gestures 44
Chapped Lips 45
Faculty Summary Report 46
The Oversight Committee 49
Bay Arena 51
Myth Mix 55
Guidance Counseling 61
Safe Sex 63
A Student in a Distant Land 65
Another Hive 67
Robert Desnos (1900-1945) 69
Archeology 71
Drinking from a Puddle 74
Dog Toy 75
Agony in the Garden 78
The Velvet Underground 80
The Woman Who Parks in Front of My House 82
God Son 84
Three Weeks Late 86
Easily Bruised 88
Lives of the Poets 90
Acknowledgments 93
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 1999

    A Fantastic, Intelligent, Erotic Thrill Ride

    I've never been a fan of poetry, but this is amazing stuff--witty, charming and quick. Imagine if your stuffy math professor turned out to be a lover of good books and better wine and decided to write poetry -- this is what his poetry would read like.

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