Skid

By Dean Young
(University of Pittsburgh Press, Paperback, 9780822957805, 112pp.)

Publication Date: January 2002

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Description
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. From Wile E. Coyote and the Roadrunner's "Meep Meep " to remembrances of lost loves and laments about the future, Young's poems reveal his faith in the genius of calamity and the redemptive power of fun.



About the Author
Dean Young has published several books of poetry, including his 2005 collection, "Elegy on Toy Piano," a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry. His collection "Skid" was a finalist for the Lenore Marshall Prize. Young has received two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships as well as a Guggenheim Fellowship. He teaches at The Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa and in the Warren Wilson Low Residency Program.
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