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About the Author

Dean Young was born in 1955 in Columbia, Pennsylvania. He has received a fellowship from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, a Stegner fellowship from Stanford, and two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. Currently an associate professor at Loyola University, he splits his mostrar mais time between Chicago and Berkeley, California, where he lives with his wife, fiction writer Cornelia Nixon. mostrar menos

Obras por Dean Young

Embryoyo: New Poems (2007) 102 exemplares, 1 crítica
Elegy On Toy Piano (2005) 92 exemplares, 2 críticas
Skid (2002) 79 exemplares, 2 críticas
First Course in Turbulence (1999) 69 exemplares, 2 críticas
Fall Higher (2011) 52 exemplares, 2 críticas
Primitive Mentor (2008) 43 exemplares, 2 críticas
Bender: New and Selected Poems (2012) 39 exemplares, 1 crítica
Strike Anywhere: Poems (1995) 34 exemplares
Shock by Shock (2015) 22 exemplares, 1 crítica
Beloved Infidel: Poems (1992) 21 exemplares, 1 crítica
Unstuck #2 (2012) 8 exemplares
Design with X (1988) 7 exemplares, 1 crítica
Solar perplexus (2019) 6 exemplares
31 Poems, 1988-2008 (2009) 5 exemplares

Associated Works

Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry (2003) — Contribuidor — 779 exemplares, 10 críticas
180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day (2005) — Contribuidor — 366 exemplares, 9 críticas
McSweeney's Issue 22: Three Books Held Within By Magnets (2007) — Contribuidor — 338 exemplares, 4 críticas
The Best American Poetry 2001 (2001) — Contribuidor — 223 exemplares
The Best American Poetry 2000 (2000) — Contribuidor — 213 exemplares
The Art of Losing (2010) — Contribuidor — 206 exemplares, 21 críticas
The Best American Poetry 2006 (2006) — Contribuidor — 191 exemplares, 5 críticas
The Best American Poetry 1994 (1994) — Contribuidor — 172 exemplares, 1 crítica
The Best American Poetry 1997 (1997) — Contribuidor — 168 exemplares
The Best American Poetry 2008 (2008) — Contribuidor — 135 exemplares, 4 críticas
The Best American Poetry 1993 (1993) — Contribuidor — 128 exemplares, 1 crítica
The Best American Poetry 2017 (2017) — Contribuidor — 96 exemplares, 1 crítica
The Best American Poetry 2012 (2012) — Contribuidor — 83 exemplares, 1 crítica
The Best American Poetry 2014 (2014) — Contribuidor — 80 exemplares
The Best American Poetry 2022 (The Best American Poetry series) (2022) — Contribuidor — 44 exemplares, 1 crítica


Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
Local de nascimento
Columbia, Pennsylvania, USA
Prémios e menções honrosas
American Academy of Arts and Letters Academy Award (Literature, 2007)



I've liked Dean Young's poetry for a long time. You can count on being surprised and provoked when you read him. He's often been called a Surrealist, and he embraces it. One poem here is titled, "Why I Haven't 'Outgrown' Surrealism No Matter What That Moron Reviewer Wrote". Ha!

What makes this collection a bit different is that Shock by Shock is his first since he received a heart transplant. Four months in a hospital recovering.

the body
is a vessel of flame-flicker
and even in dreams I say my lover’s
name so picture me for verisimilitude
made entirely of sunflowers but keep
the long scar in the center of my chest,
under it a grim doctrine frolics
on a dissecting table. I who have been
restored by cardiac shocks, dropped
into morning wanton and struck.

“…When / you are waiting for a new heart / you are waiting for someone to die.” (”How I got Through My Last Day on the Transplant List”)

…the god
. . . likes the theater, the gowns and masks
the rib-cage splitter and ceremonial
reaching into the chest
and a stranger, a boy really,
the heart of a reckless, generous boy
lifted from its cooler
and sutured into a carnal afterlife,
rose by rose, ladder by ladder,
shock by shock by shock.

He's a master of great titles and provocative lines. From "Street of Blind Knife Throwers" (ha!), one I took to be about poets:

One thought she was a genius for putting
9 commas in a row. Do not be too quick
to embrace an alternative energy source,
let fracking be your guide. Some things
can only be found when you hide. Sometimes
it's like a fistfight to decide who's
the biggest pacifist.

One of my favorites in this collection, with another great title:

Crash Test Dummies of an Imperfect God

Because we are so stupid,
the prizes in Cracker Jacks are now paper
so they can be swallowed, ladders
spackled with warnings. No getting
within a hundred feet of Stonehenge because
everyone wants to hack off a souvenir
and the way home is clogged to one lane
so whoever wants to can stare into a pothole
until coming up with a grievance. I’d vote
the greatest accomplishment of mankind
is the pickle spear. God created paradise
to tell us Get out! which is why we probably
created God who doesn’t much like being created
by ilk like us. No wonder it’s pediatrics
every morning and toxicology by happy hour.
Is it all in the mind, the dirty, dirty mind?
Maybe God tried to turn you into a garbage can
so you could be lifted by the truck’s hydraulic
arms and banged empty. Maybe a snow cone
so you could be sticky-sweet and dropped.
Maybe a genital-faced bivalve to be dashed
with Tabasco and eaten whole or, to his glory,
produce a pearl.

* * * *

Hard not to be inspired by this guy.
… (mais)
jnwelch | Feb 20, 2018 |
Very striking imagery, some of it very much related to the fact the writer is a nurse. I always like to see a bit of science in my poetry.
bness2 | May 23, 2017 |
I liked Dean Young's first book of poetry from way back, so looked forward to reading this one expectantly. Alas, there were some poems in this collection I liked, but many were just too much to slog through and did not speak to me.
bness2 | May 23, 2017 |
"After eroticism, suffering is my favorite subject" pretty much sums up Dean Young's poetry. I enjoyed these poems more than I expected to, all the while wondering why & where from I had any expectations at all. As I'm generally less interested in wholes than in parts, I found many lines throughout the book to enjoy. Here's one of my favorites, from "Sky Dive": "I forgot all I learned/ throwing myself from a practice flight of stairs./ It drove me crazy, the way she smiled/ at strangers and I could never be/ a stranger."… (mais)
Paulagraph | 1 outra crítica | May 25, 2014 |


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