Young of the Year

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The poems in Sydney Lea’s Young of the Year range widely as they stretch out over considered, affective sentences that call to mind the heady “wail and whisper and funk” of musicians like Clifford Brown and Clyde McPhatter, the New England musings of Robert Frost, and Robert Penn Warren’s narratives and anecdotes. Casting a candid and contemplative look back at a life lived and out at a world alive with motion, Young of the Year shows us a poet who poignantly traces the intersection between the worlds of nature, ...
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Overview

The poems in Sydney Lea’s Young of the Year range widely as they stretch out over considered, affective sentences that call to mind the heady “wail and whisper and funk” of musicians like Clifford Brown and Clyde McPhatter, the New England musings of Robert Frost, and Robert Penn Warren’s narratives and anecdotes. Casting a candid and contemplative look back at a life lived and out at a world alive with motion, Young of the Year shows us a poet who poignantly traces the intersection between the worlds of nature, science, and the spiritual.
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What People Are Saying

B.H. Fairchild
"At a time in American poetry when the long and happy marriage between imagination and experience seems to be drifting toward the shoals of divorce, it is heartening, even thrilling, to encounter a book as masterful and deeply felt as Sydney Lea's Young of the Year."
B.H. Fairchild
“At a time in American poetry when the long and happy marriage between imagination and experience seems to be drifting toward the shoals of divorce, it is heartening, even thrilling, to encounter a book as masterful and deeply felt as Sydney Lea’s Young of the Year.”
Maxine Kumin
"Lea's poems inform and surprise the reader at every turn . . . this extraordinary poet finds an elegance and beauty that can be glimpsed throughout his often harsh landscape."
Maxine Kumin
“Lea’s poems inform and surprise the reader at every turn . . . this extraordinary poet finds an elegance and beauty that can be glimpsed throughout his often harsh landscape.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935536109
  • Publisher: Four Way Books
  • Publication date: 3/8/2011
  • Series: Malcolm McDonald Series Selection
  • Pages: 92
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Vermonter SYDNEY LEA’s honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship. He has taught at Dartmouth College, Wesleyan University, Vermont College, among others.
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Table of Contents

MERCY, MERCY, MERCY
Bent Tree, Straight Shadow
Another Breakup
Rain
The 1950s
Slow Burn
Men without Women
Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
Manure: An Address on Older Age
Yellow House
NEIGHBORS
Recession
Garnett and Leon in December
Dandelion Pickers
Six Lies About Nature, Ending with a Soul Tune Line
Dubber’s Cur
Early Life
Stump’s Hernia
Rodney Fallen
BIRDS, A FARRAGO
Birds, a Farrago
DISPUTE WITH THOMAS HARDY
Divination
The Walker
Heimatslosigkeit
Dispute with Thomas Hardy
Young of the Year
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