Strike Anywhere

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"Although his work comes out of the poetries of Kenneth Koch, John Ashbery, and Frank O'Hara and James Tate, Young has his own original voice. The language, the invention, the imagination, and the sheer fun of his poems is astounding. It's not all dazzle either. The poems are also moving. This man reminds us that there is nothing more serious than a joke."
—Charles Simic, final judge and author of Jackstraws, Walking the Black Cat, and A Wedding in Hell

"In this, the most beautiful of his three collections, Dean Young enlarges the project of North American Surrealism, gifting it with an entirely new intimacy and equally new range. His voice is sharply tender and mercifully unforgetful. These urgent, elegiac improvisations speed us towards millenium."
—Donald Revell, author of My Mojave, Arcady, and There Are Three

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870814235
  • Publisher: Center for Literary Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/28/1995
  • Pages: 81
  • Product dimensions: 5.03 (w) x 8.01 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author


Dean Young is the author of two previous books of poetry, Design With X and Beloved Infidel, both from Wesleyan. He has received fellowships from Guggenheim, the National Endowment for the Arts, Stanford University, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. His poems have appeared in a wide variety of national magazines and in 1993 and 1994 won inclusion in The Best American Poetry anthology. He was named the William Livingston Chair of Poetry at the University of Texas at Austin in 2008, and has published three books since Strike Anywhere: First Course in Turbulence, Skid, and Elegy on Toy Piano.
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Table of Contents

Upon Hearing of My Friend's Marriage Breaking up 2
Ready-Made Bouquet 4
While You Were at the Doctor's 7
Acupuncture 9
Pacific Decorum 10
Poem in Which Everyone Survives 12
Centrifuge 14
The Decoration Committee 16
Beside the Bodies of the Broken-Hearted 19
Errata 20
Spring Figure 23
Roving Reporter 24
My Work Among the Insects 26
While Tony Hoagland Reads at The Poetry Society of America 28
Note Enclosed with my Old Jean Jacket 30
Vermeer 34
Lives of Composers 35
Charm School 37
Paradise 39
Immortality 42
The Last I Heard of my Father 44
All Told 46
Instructions for Living 47
Servant's Return 50
Post-Ovidian 52
Exquisite Corpse 54
First You Must 56
Clangor 58
Against Classicism 59
I Know My Friends Will Laugh 60
Frottage 62
White Crane 64
One Story 65
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