The Second Person by C. Dale Young
Poems (Stahlecker Series Selections)

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Drawing on traditional forms including the villanelle and pantoum, and writing with an ear for a beautiful, resounding rhythm, C. Dale Young investigates the lessons of the trainee doctor and documents the experiences of the practicing physician, remarking on the ways medicine alone is not enough: "Do not let a man // abandon hope," says Saint Luke. And, as with the remarkable long sequence, "Triptych at the Edge of Sight," these are also poems of intimacy, depicting with rich color and poignant contemplation the way art struggles to "capture [. . .] on canvas. / Memory, do not fail me. Let me try again."

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C. DALE YOUNG practices medicine, serves as Poetry Editor of New England Review, and teaches in the Warren Wilson College MFA Program. He is the author of The Day Underneath the Day, which was a finalist for the 2002 Norma Farber Award given by the Poetry Society of America, and Torn, a limited-edition, fine letterpress broadside. He is a previous winner of the Grolier Prize, the Tennessee Williams Scholarship in Poetry from the Sewanee Writers' Conference, and the 2003 Stanley P. Young Fellowship in Poetry from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. His poems have appeared in many anthologies and magazines, including The Best American Poetry, Asian American Poetry: The Next Generation, The New Republic, The Paris Review, Ploughshares, and Poetry. He lives in San Francisco with the biologist and composer, Jacob Bertrand.
Published May 31, 2005 by University of Nebraska Press. 76 pages
Genres: Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Young's speakers are caught between the desire to understand and the desire to simply desire: ""It is not the bone below the skin that I kiss/ but the silence clinging to the skull's curve."" The poems come to the page already burdened by a doctor's knowledge that mortality rules over even love, ...

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from the stern parameters of bodily affliction, they extract the consoling vista of mortal comprehension.” Young, intimately familiar with the battles between mind and body, skillfully incorporates the abstract spirit in his poetry to enhance events of and relationships between birth, healing, pa...

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