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Elegy on Toy Piano

by Dean Young

Publication Year: 2005

In 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 phone line." In taking up subjects as slight as the examination of a signature or a true/false test, and as pressing as the death of friends, Young's poems embrace the duplicity of feeling, the malleability of perception, and the truth telling of wordplay.

Published by: University of Pittsburgh Press

Series: Pitt Poetry Series

Cover

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p. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. 2-7

Contents

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pp. 8-11

Thrown as if Fierce & Wild

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pp. 3-12

Evening Primrose

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pp. 4-13

Glory

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pp. 5-14

Avalanche Garden

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pp. 6-15

Original Monkey

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pp. 7-8

Ghost Gash

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pp. 9-18

Facet

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pp. 10-19

Multi-Tasking

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pp. 11-12

Lives of the Olympians

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pp. 13-22

Halflives of Youngonium

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pp. 14-15

Fire Is Speaking

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pp. 16-17

Lives of the Veterans

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pp. 18-19

Little Black Squirrel

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pp. 20-29

Hammock Half in Sun

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pp. 21-30

May Deaths

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pp. 22-31

Ghost Gust

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pp. 23-26

With Hidden Noise

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pp. 27-28

Sign Here

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pp. 29-31

Yawn

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pp. 32-41

Skipping the Reception

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pp. 33-42

Lives of the Robots

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pp. 34-35

Ghost Grease

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pp. 36-37

Alarm Clock

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pp. 38-47

Flamenco

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pp. 39-48

Learn by Doing

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pp. 40-41

True/False

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pp. 42-44

Bolinas, California

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pp. 45-54

Peach Farm

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pp. 46-55

Venus

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pp. 47-48

Flamenco

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pp. 49-58

What’s Wrong with this Picture

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pp. 50-51

Interview

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pp. 52-53

Lives of the Mortals

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pp. 54-58

Whoz Side U On, Anyway?

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pp. 59-60

Shield of Moon Dust

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pp. 61-62

Tongue Doctor

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pp. 63-64

Rabbit, I Love You

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pp. 65-66

Whirlpool Suite

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pp. 67-68

Is This Mic On?

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pp. 69-70

Lemon Garlic Duck

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pp. 71-73

I Said Yes I Meant No

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pp. 74-75

Bathed in Dust and Ash

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pp. 76-85

I Saw My Life Go By in the Coyote’s Jaws

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pp. 77-78

Gray Matter

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pp. 79-88

Reentry

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pp. 80-81

Bivouacked & Garrisoned Capitol

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pp. 82-83

Elegy on Toy Piano

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pp. 84-85

Last Words

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pp. 86-87

Rushing through the Night

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pp. 88-90

Acknowledgments

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pp. 91-101

About the Author, Back Cover

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pp. 102-103


E-ISBN-13: 9780822991045
E-ISBN-10: 0822991047
Print-ISBN-13: 9780822958727
Print-ISBN-10: 0822958724

Page Count: 104
Publication Year: 2005

Series Title: Pitt Poetry Series

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