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Elegy On Toy Piano

4.07  ·  Rating Details ·  490 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
In Elegy on Toy Piano, Dean Young's sixth book of poems, elegiac necessity finds itself next to goofy celebration. Daffy Duck enters the Valley of the Eternals. Faulkner and bell-bottoms cling to beauty's evanescence.

Even in single poems, Young's tone and style vary. No one feeling or idea takes precedence over another, and their simultaneity is frequently revealed; sadnes
Paperback, 104 pages
Published January 28th 2005 by University of Pittsburgh Press (first published January 1st 2005)
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Nov 19, 2011 Jon rated it it was amazing
I write and perform poetry. People ask me often what it is I do/did, after hearing a reading. This is because of the American notion of poetry as an antiquated museum device that is only seen in passing through required reading in a high school lit class and, thus not something that is important and evolving. Dean Young's book is one of the first I have read in a very long time that proved my own philosophy for poetry, that it is alive and only as important as the creativity we care to infuse th ...more
Lauren Piper
Aug 08, 2008 Lauren Piper rated it it was amazing
crazy poetry
Mar 07, 2008 Alexander rated it it was amazing
This is a *spectacular* collection of poems. I re-read this book every few months or so.
Patricia Murphy
Feb 05, 2013 Patricia Murphy rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
So it's no secret that I'm making my way through Young again. I got all his books from the ASU library, so if you're trying to get them, I'm sorry and they'll be back soon. This one is water-damaged and in quite bad shape. I miss being able to see the names of others who have checked out the book--they way you could when I was in college.

I was very curious, as I was reading these poems, about Young's process. It feels like he may have written these differently than he did those in Turbulence Le
Feb 09, 2008 S. rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry, read-in-2008
I liked a few of these poems a lot (eg flamenco, ghost gash), but for the most part wasn't getting the vibe. Too bad because it's the first book of his I've gotten my hands on, and though one of his other books may be better, I'm kind of feeling I won't pursue it. But hey, wonderful whimsical cover.... smile
Bradley Harrison
May 10, 2010 Bradley Harrison rated it it was amazing
"We've always been where we are. / We have no memories of escape, / climbing the steps with our collapsed maps, / operating instructions dangling from our necks. / Tide of ions, never let us go."

an excerpt from, "What's Wrong with this Picture"
Melting Uncle
Jun 29, 2014 Melting Uncle rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished2014
at first I felt like I wasn't "getting" this book of poems. then I started trying a little bit harder to decipher the code and put together the different pieces. that made things more enjoyable. Dean is weird for sure, but I'm glad I read this and will definitely Young again.
Aug 19, 2014 Helen rated it really liked it
Death made absurd with surreal, twisted absurdist poetry. Each one is bizarre in its own way, making the mind twist and squint in new ways. Daffy Duck, Walt Whitman, sick robots and the corpses of little black squirrels all make an appearance. Death has never been more fun.
Jan 07, 2008 Tara rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fun, imaginative poetry that swerves
Shelves: poetry
Misbegotten pang, open your oh! I love Dean Young. You've got to read him in pieces, but he's a Wowser of a poet. There's something about his imagination that really is unparalleled.
May 23, 2010 Greg rated it it was ok
just never connected with this one
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Coffy Smith
Sep 29, 2013 Coffy Smith rated it liked it
Fun stuff; an enjoyable read. Surrealist, but with a few toes touching ground.
Catherine Corman
Nov 23, 2008 Catherine Corman rated it it was amazing
Some sadness has no origin

-Dean Young, "Glory"
Ben Pelhan
Jul 17, 2007 Ben Pelhan rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. Check out "true/false."
Apr 26, 2008 Michael rated it liked it
Maybe more like 3.5 stars. But I don't see what the big deal is about this guy. To me, his poems feel like they just glide along the surface.
James Grinwis
Jun 21, 2013 James Grinwis rated it it was amazing
But of course. Great second time around too.
Renee Alberts
Jan 19, 2011 Renee Alberts rated it liked it
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Young masters surprising surreal imagery with humor wordplay while maintaining a deep current of sincerity.

"and realism which is a form of surrealism / on a tome-delayed fuse"
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Dean Young is a contemporary American poet in the poetic lineage of John Ashbery, Frank O'Hara, and Kenneth Koch. Though often cited as a second-generation New York School poet, his work also resonates with the Surrealist poetry of Charles Baudelaire, Arthur Rimbaud, and Guillaume Apollinaire, and if neo-surrealism has a poetic corollary then it is him. His most recent books are Elegy on Toy Piano ...more
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