Pick-a-Poem: Dean Young

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Welcome, blog readers, to another installment of our Pick-a-Poem feature! This week, as we do every week, we have chosen a poem to feature here on the blog. Consider this your mid-week poetry break. These poems all come from Poetry Daily, this very handy resource that features a new poem every single day. This week we’re featuring Glorious Particles in the Atmosphere Aflame by Dean Young.

According to his bio page, Dean Young is the author of eleven books of poetry. Those publications include finalists for the Pulitzer Prize and the Griffin Award. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. He has an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and he is currently the William Livingston Chair of Poetry at the University of Texas Austin.

Glorious Particles in the Atmosphere Aflame by Dean Young

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Poem from Slate: Dean Young

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This week’s featured poem from Slate is entitled Upon Hearing of Another Marriage Breaking Up and is written by Dean Young. When I saw the author of this week’s poem, I had a feeling I’d seen his work before. Sure enough, his poem How to Glow was featured a few months ago. If you’d like to read more about that poem, click here. This week, as always, be sure to head over to Slate’s arts page to hear Dean Young read his poem aloud.

According to the Poetry Foundation, Dean Young has written many collections of poetry including Strike Anywhere (1995), winner of the Colorado Prize for Poetry; Skid (2002), finalist for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize; and Primitive Mentor (2008), shortlisted for the International Griffin Poetry Prize.  He has also written a book on poetics, The Art of Recklessness: Poetry as Assertive Force and Contradiction (2010). Young has taught at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, the low-residency MFA program at Warren Wilson College, and the University of Texas-Austin where he holds the William Livingston Chair of Poetry.

Upon Hearing of Another Marriage Breaking Up, by Dean Young

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Poem from Slate: “How to Glow”

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This week’s poem from Slate is entitled How to Glow and is written by Dean Young. I don’t know what it’s like in the corner of the globe where you’re reading this blog post, but it is currently rainy and snowy and rather miserable in Chicago. I think we could do with some glowing, don’t you? If you’d like to hear Dean Young read his poem, check out the Slate website! It’ll only take a few minutes and maybe you’ll discover a new poet whose work you can explore. Worst case scenario? You wasted a few minutes of your life. Best case scenario? You have some new art in your life! So, why not give it a listen?

According to the Poetry Foundation, Dean Young has written many collections of poetry including Strike Anywhere (1995), winner of the Colorado Prize for Poetry; Skid (2002), finalist for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize; and Primitive Mentor (2008), shortlisted for the International Griffin Poetry Prize.  He has also written a book on poetics, The Art of Recklessness: Poetry as Assertive Force and Contradiction (2010). Young has taught at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, the low-residency MFA program at Warren Wilson College, and the University of Texas-Austin where he holds the William Livingston Chair of Poetry.

How to Glow, by Dean Young

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