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Dean Young

Born: 1955 in Columbia, Pennsylvania.
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Dean Young taught at Loyola University in Chicago.

Biography: Young has taught at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, in the low-residency M.F.A. program at Warren Wilson College, and at Loyola University, in Chicago. He is currently the William Livingston Chair of Poetry at the University of Texas, in Austin.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Poetry

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

Dean Young on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

Beloved infidel
ISBN: 0819522015 OCLC: 25409177

[Published for] Wesleyan University Press by University Press of New England, Hanover, NH : ©1992.

  Bender :
ISBN: 9781556594007 OCLC: 911400439

A selection of the poet's work spanning three decades.

  Bender :
ISBN: 1556594038 OCLC: 783151602

Bender gathers a generous selection of new work along with treasure from Dean Young's twelve volumes. Strongly influenced by Surrealism, Dean Young's poems flash with extravagant imagery, humorous speech, sly views of the quotidian, and the exposed nerves of heartache. As the American Academy of Arts and Letters raved, "Young's poems are as entertaining as a three-ring circus and as imaginative as a canvas by Hieronymus Bosch. He is one of the most inventive and satisfying poets writing today."

Elegy on toy piano /
ISBN: 0822958724 OCLC: 878136393

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; sadness may throw a squirrelly shadow, joy can find itself dressed in mourning black. As in the agitated ""Whirlpool Suite"": ""Pain / and pleasure are two signals carried / over one phoneline."" In taking up subjects as slight.

Embryoyo /
ISBN: 1932416692 OCLC: 85592291

Fall higher /
ISBN: 1556594011 OCLC: 664842433

A collection of poetry by American poet Dean Young, in which he explores the turbulence of love, and includes "Lucifer," "Scarecrow on Fire," "Commencement Address," and others.

First course in turbulence /
ISBN: 0822956977 OCLC: 887803050

Finalist for ForeWord Magazine 1999 Poetry Book of the YearWith rapid shifts between subject and tone, sometimes within single poems, Dean Youngs latest book explores the kaleidoscopic welter of art and life. Here parody does not exclude the cri de coeur any more than seriousness excludes the joke. With surrealist volatility, these poems are the result of experiments that continue for the reader during each reading. Young moves from reworkings of creation myths, the index of the Norton Anthology of Poetry, pseudo reports and memos, collaged biographies, talking clouds, and worms, to memory, mourning, sexual playfulness, and deep sadness in the course of this turbulent book.

ISBN: 9780822979357 OCLC: 878136525

Strike anywhere :
ISBN: 0870814230 OCLC: 42329331

Center for Literary Pub., University Press of Colorado, [Niwot, Colo.] : ©1995.

The art of recklessness :
ISBN: 9781555975623 OCLC: 456171466

Explores the nature of poetry and the importance of craft, imagination, and empathy in the creation of a poem.