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Field of Light and Shadow by David        Young
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Mar 15, 2011

it was amazing
Read in October, 2011

What I think I like best about David Young's poems is that they carry in their western forms the alertness of the haiku and the same sensibilities of nature. Even to read one of his long poems is to be rocked by the epiphanies moving steadily outward from the still point of the central idea. This is apparent in this fine selection of his poems from 10 previous volumes. Whether in sonnet or ghazal or couplet, the same breathtaking awareness of the natural world is always present. He can be deeply philosophical, as in the long sequence "Nine Deaths," and I lean into the philosophical to hear and learn. But I admire more how he strongly evokes nature, how he can picture a man standing in starshine or the strong wingbeat of a magpie or describe how the night is filled with owls. He appreciates where he stands in the world and allows the reader to stand with him.
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