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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. F ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published January 31st 2002 by University of Pittsburgh Press (first published January 1st 2002)
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Being the daughter of a highly-skilled, highly-rational doctor, I am often told at barbeques with my Dad's colleagues that "poetry is soo inaccessible." Listen up, all you who think you are poetry-illiterate: Poetry IS for you, and Dean Young is your man. A recent recipient of a heart transplant, and a professor at the University of Texas-Austin, Dean Young is a poet who brings in the vocabulary and preoccupations of Americans in our contemporary era, and uses them to drive the logic of poems th ...more
Gwendolyn Jerris
yes, yes. oh my gosh, yes. these poems are like little defibrillators. i wanna put this book all over my face. written with pure abandon, with a pulse, with imagination and love. when i put it in my mouth it explodes like those tart candies.
Gordon Hilgers
Dean Young is generally considered the best surrealist poet in America, and his poetry is delightful and whimsical. His preponderance of mixing metaphors is actually fun, even as it breaks the so-called rules.
Grant Faulkner
Dean Young is an easy poet for me to like. His congenital, sometimes twisted, joie de vivre leaps off the page. He’s a prankster, a Dadaist, a writer whose words and images juke, jab, dash, pirouette, and jump—just when you think you know where one of his poems is going, it changes course like a dare.

He’s one of the few writers who can surprise with each phrase, if not each word, tossing coarseness into a highbrow thought, switching from the sanguine to the lugubrious in a snap of the fingers. H
These poems are a mess of images, and it's beautiful but often doesn't seem to mean anything. It's just crazy and surreal, and random and weird.
Some lines I liked:

"Damn you, I don't know what you are
So you become a foreign language..."
"As one gets older,
there's more and more of you in the past,
mostly unnoticed at the time like
a foot that does not hurt."
"So much energy. People buying watermelons,
boarding airplanes, watching their parents die
and writing poems about it while above throbs
the celes
Feb 05, 2008 Tara rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: poetry
Pretty good! I think you've got to read Young in little gulps. Otherwise it's just too much random chaos or something. One of my favorite lines: "Even the this seashell is very small it's still singing about the void."
Tantilizingly witty, irreverent and soulful. Young zests life on a fine grater.

From "Skid"
You bend the nail
but keep hammering because
hammering makes the world.

Not to be missed.
Dean Young is one of my favorite summer reads. His poetry can be light and true in a way that relaxes my brain and, okay, my heart. Not his tidiest collection, but a great read.
Witty poetry, sometimes he tries a bit too hard, but when he's on he's on.
my heart
which I knew was made of gold foil
glued to dust

-Dean Young, Skid
an abstraction of science meets language of feeling.
W. M.
Lightning bolts needn't touch ground.
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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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“A poem should be odd as a small cast-iron platypus.” 16 likes
“You bend the nail
But keep hammering because
Hammering makes the world”
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