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In Torn, C. Dale Young continues his earnest investigations into the human, depicted as both spiritual being and a process, as "the soul and its attendant concerns" and as a device that "requires charge, small / electrical impulses / racing through our bodies." What Young tells and shows us, what his poems let us hear, does not aim to reassure or soothe. These are poems wr ...more
Paperback, 100 pages
Published March 8th 2011 by Four Way Books
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I have been trying to pinpoint exactly what made me so much more alert and yes, affectionate towards C. Dale Young’s third book, Torn, and its charms, compared to his first two books. I have always thought of him as an accomplished and intelligent writer (full disclosure: AND I’ve been reading his blog for years, not just his poetry,) but the tone and language of this third book seemed more welcoming to me – more casual, relaxed, looser somehow. The sense of humor is dark, perhaps, but prominent ...more
For me, this collection really came alive near the end of Part II, when Young, an M.D., brought his passions together to write about his medical practice. A big wow! I’d give the medical poems five stars.

In “The Argument,” he writes “It is my frightened hour before I don the white/lab coat, before I enter the halls of the hospital./Always there is a relish and dread at the same time./How can I explain this to you who believe I am/incapable of tenderness in my art?...” It is impossible for a re
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Amazing title poem.
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C. Dale Young practices medicine full-time, edits poetry for New England Review, and teaches in the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers.
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