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Book Review: 'Fall Higher' by Dean Young

Book Review: 'Fall Higher' by Dean Young

Fall Higher

Dean Young

Copper Canyon Press: 105 pp., $22

"All the new thinking is about loss," Robert Hass begins his 1979 poem "Meditation at Lagunitas." Structuralism had put poets in a bind by arguing that words are meaningless symbols assigned random significance by culture. "A word is elegy to what it signifies," Hass muses, insisting on making connections where theory argues there are none.

In "Fall Higher," his 13th collection of poetry, Dean Young uses a different tactic: "All the new thinking / was about collision," he writes with a wink to Hass.

Throughout his career, Young's poetry has been one of...

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