Top 10 Must-Read Books of 2010

By JON GARELICK  |  December 21, 2010

• DAVID YOUNG | FIELD OF LIGHT AND SHADOW: SELECTED AND NEW POEMS | Alfred A. Knopf
Quoting David Young in a short space doesn't work. Yes, there are fine lines in his poetry — and entire quotable passages. But he's a poet of sequences, and neither lines nor passages demonstrate how his poems develop, their breadth (even in relatively short poems), and the twists and turns, the journeys, they take. An accomplished translator of poetry from the Chinese, Young has in his own work no grand design but a series of small designs, prolongations of form and feeling that allow him to pursue various literary subjects — from Bashô to Henry Vaughan — and the vagaries of life as he has experienced them. (One of his most beautiful sequences is an elegy for his wife.) For Young, it has been not just the journey but hundreds of different destinations.

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