Skid by Dean Young
(Pitt Poetry Series)

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Dean Young is one of the premier surrealist poets writing today. In Skid, his fifth book of poems, social outrage vies with comic excess. He embraces the autobiographical urge with fury and musically lush exclamations. Whether through the dark facts of mortality or the celebratory surprises of the imagination, these poems proclaim vitality and alertness, wasting nothing. From Wile E. Coyote and the Roadrunner’s "Meep! Meep!" to remembrances of lost loves and laments about the future, Young’s poems reveal his faith in the genius of calamity and the redemptive power of fun.

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Dean Young has published several books of poetry, including his 2005 collection, "Elegy on Toy Piano," a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. His collection "Skid" was a finalist for the Lenore Marshall Prize. Young has received two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships as well as a Guggenheim Fellowship. He teaches at The Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa and in the Warren Wilson Low Residency Program.
Published January 31, 2002 by University of Pittsburgh Press. 115 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Anything goes in a Young poem, especially if it makes the poet sound hip, or insouciant, or just plain strange: "Initially I too appeared between the legs/ of a woman in considerable discomfort," he opens one mock-autobiographical poem.

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The image of a dead father thereby resonates throughout the poem as Young describes people smoking cigarettes and buying watermelon and surge protectors, actions that seem less about Young's playful tendency for poetic Americana clutter and more about the way the poet and people generally cope wi...

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