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A certain slant lubricates Young's second book of poems. Lines of verse veer top-speed around corners, producing unexpectedly lucid interrogations. Anger is allowed, and disillusionment, and a general mistrust of landscape--the natural world owned and used--all countered with the anodyne of an inebriate sensibility that loves the liquor it bathes in, the language by which it collaborates.
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Elizabeth Arnold
"In Brian Young's new book, 'wolving brainwork' cuts a jagged swath through the presumptions of the republic. Coming as they do from the perspective of an implicated speaker, the political swipes avoid any hint of preaching or self-pity. In fact, true vision intervenes quite often, transporting the reader momentarily--and more forcefully, therefore--out of the more or less hellish existence that is, however, to a great extent itself the result of just how clearly this poet sees what's really happening. These brilliantly sounded poems swallow-tail, then snake. We're held, leaning forward in our seats."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934200155
  • Publisher: Fence Magazine, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/31/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 88
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian Young's first book of poems was The Full Night in the Street Water (University of Nevada Press). He lives near St. Louis, Missouri.
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