This Living Hand [excerpt]
It's not only the word roses
lurking inside neurosis or the fact
that most of my formal education
occurred in the midwest, so too
my summer job inhaling industrial
reactants should be considered.
It's an unstable world, babe.
Always an inner avalanche
as they say in receiving.
I'm sure if I'd gotten a shot
of Karl instead of Zeppo Marx
in utero, things would have turned out
differently. Instead, my mother
went right on eating lobster.
But where were we? . . .
Copyright © 2001 by Dean Young. Reprinted by permission of University of Pittsburgh Press. All rights reserved.
Largely influenced by the New York School of poets, Dean Young combines aspects of experimentation and surrealism in his poems.
Date Published: 2001-01-01
Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/living-hand-excerpt