Today's poem is "Is This Why Love Almost Rhymes with Dumb?"
from Fall Higher

Copper Canyon Press

Dean Young's previous books include Elegy on Toy Piano (a Pulitzer Prize finalist) and a book on poetics, The Art of Recklessness. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the NEA, as well as an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is the William Livingston Chair of Poetry at the University of Texas, Austin.

Other poems by Dean Young in Verse Daily:
February 2, 2011:   "Angel of Erosion" "Grows pale the dulcet gizmo..."
July 9, 2009:   "The Fox" "Remember trying to feed the fox?..."
June 29, 2009:   "The Euphoria of Peoria" "Help me please breathe..."
February 19, 2008:   "Today They Will Show Me the Homunculus" "I knew it was on the other side of the door..."
December 15, 2002:  My People "Initially, I too appeared between the legs..."

Books by Dean Young:

Other poems on the web by Dean Young:
Five poems
Thirty-three poems
"Ash Ode"
"Delphiniums in a Window Box"
Four poems
"Poem Without Forgiveness"
"Ode to Hangover"
Three poems
Eleven poems
Two poems
"Peach Farm"

Dean Young according to Wikipedia.

About Fall Higher:

"Young has always stood out for his sharp humor, boundless poetic energy, and sheer readability. If adventurous poetry can sometimes feel like a tenuous tightrope walk, Young’s poems feel more like zip lines."
Boston Globe

"In his 13th book, Young confronts mortality and the frailty of relationships with his trademark humor and inventiveness, but also with a newfound vulnerability and urgency."
Publishers Weekly

"Inspired by ‘the hocus-/ pocus gnosis of this world,’ Young’s fast-paced improvisations are held together not only by the occasional imposition of rhymed couplets and triplets and a self-rationalizing philosophy in which a grounding belief in the protean illogic of human existence is the point (“I did hallucinogens for corroboration”), but through a subtle yet strong emotional engagement, as recognizably deep notes of loss, failure, regret, tenderness, awe, and despair can be discerned amid the bright dissonance of non sequiturs."
Library Journal

"Anyone with a heartbeat knows that Dean Young has become a crucial nucleotide in the DNA of American poetry."
Tony Hoagland

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