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Elegy On Toy Piano
by Dean Young
University of Pittsburgh Press, 2005
Paper: 978-0-8229-5872-7 | eISBN: 978-0-8229-9104-5
Library of Congress Classification PS3575.O782E44 2005
Dewey Decimal Classification 811.54

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

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 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.



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