Dean Young quotes

  • Poetry is not efficient. If you want to learn how to cook a lobster, it’s probably best not to look to poetry. But if you want to see the word lobster in all its reactant oddity, its pied beauty, as if for the first time, go to poetry. And if you want to know what it’s like to be that lobster in the pot, that’s in poetry too.
    -- Dean Young

    #Oddities #Looks #Want

  • A poem should be odd as a small cast-iron platypus.
    -- Dean Young

    #Iron #Odd #Platypus

  • There are no ordinary feelings. Just as there are no ordinary spring days or kicked over cans of paint.
    -- Dean Young

    #Spring #Feelings #Ordinary

  • but nothing can be taken back, not the leaves by the trees, the rain by the clouds. You want to take back the ugly thing you said, but some shrapnel remains in the wound, some mud.
    -- Dean Young

    #Taken #Rain #Clouds

  • I was satisfied with haiku until I met you, but now I want a Russian novel, a 50-page description of you sleeping.
    -- Dean Young

    #Sleep #Want #Pages

  • Poets are excellent students of blizzards and salt and broken statuary, but they are always elsewhere for the test. Any intention in the writing of poetry besides the aim to make a poem, of engaging the materials, SHOULD be disappointed. If the poet does not have the chutzpah to jeopardize habituated assumptions and practices, what will be produced will be sleep without dream, a copy of a copy of a copy.
    -- Dean Young

    #Dream #Writing #Sleep

  • You start with a darkness to move through but sometimes the darkness moves through you.
    -- Dean Young

    #Moving #Darkness #Sometimes

  • Here is a semi-transparent pebble I picked up on the way to my EKG. Probably worthless but it is my heart so take it.
    -- Dean Young

    #Heart #Way #Pebbles

  • Go down any road far enough and you'll come to a slaughterhouse, but keep going and you'll reach the sea.
    -- Dean Young

    #Sea #Enough #Slaughterhouses

  • Hark, dumbass, the error is not to fall but to fall from no height. Don't fall off a curb, fall off a cliff.
    -- Dean Young

    #Fall #Errors #Dumbasses