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First Course in Turbulence

by Dean Young

Publication Year: 1999

With rapid shifts between subject and tone, sometimes within single poems, Dean Young’s 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.

Published by: University of Pittsburgh Press

Series: Pitt Poetry Series

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. 2-11

Contents

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pp. 12-13

one

If Thou Dislik’st What Thou First Light’st On

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pp. 3-4

The Infirmament

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pp. 5-18

The Unattainable

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pp. 6-7

Acceptance Speech

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pp. 8-9

Tiger

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pp. 10-11

Warbler

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pp. 12-13

He Said Turn Here

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pp. 14-15

Bird Sanctuary

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pp. 16-17

Sky Dive

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pp. 18-19

Familiar Territory

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pp. 20-21

The Invention of Heaven

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pp. 22-35

Tribe

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pp. 23-24

two

Only One of My Deaths

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pp. 27-40

And Because Her Face

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pp. 28-29

Colophon

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pp. 30-31

Maybe It Meant Something Else

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pp. 32-33

Lives of the Inventors

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pp. 34-35

Mortal Poem

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pp. 36-37

Arts of Camouflage

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pp. 38-39

Lives of the Painters

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pp. 40-41

Don’t Wear That Shirt with Those Pants

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pp. 42-43

Unthreatening Gestures

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pp. 44-57

Chapped Lips

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pp. 45-58

Faculty Summary Report

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pp. 46-48

The Oversight Committee

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pp. 49-50

Bay Arena

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pp. 51-54

Myth Mix

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pp. 55-58

three

Guidance Counseling

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pp. 61-62

Safe Sex

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pp. 63-64

A Student in a Distant Land

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pp. 65-66

Another Hive

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pp. 67-68

Robert Desnos (1900–1945)

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pp. 69-70

Archeology

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pp. 71-73

Drinking from a Puddle

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pp. 74-87

Dog Toy

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pp. 75-77

Agony in the Garden

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pp. 78-79

The Velvet Underground

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pp. 80-81

The Woman Who Parks in Front of My House

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pp. 82-83

God Son

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pp. 84-85

Three Weeks Late

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pp. 86-87

Easily Bruised

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pp. 88-89

Lives of the Poets

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pp. 90-92

Acknowledgments

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pp. 93-107

About, the Author, Back Cover

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pp. 108-114


E-ISBN-13: 9780822979364
E-ISBN-10: 0822979365
Print-ISBN-13: 9780822956976
Print-ISBN-10: 0822956977

Page Count: 112
Publication Year: 1999

Series Title: Pitt Poetry Series

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