The Halo

C. Dale Young (Author)

Product Details

Four Way Books
Publish Date
March 01, 2016
5.9 X 0.3 X 8.8 inches | 0.3 pounds
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About the Author

C. DALE YOUNG practices medicine full-time and teaches in the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers. A recipient of multiple fellowships, his short fiction and poems have appeared widely. He lives in San Francisco.


In the end, The Halo is about memory. The narrator is remembering his own accident, as well as recollecting a shared, cultural past. The spatial layout of the poems evokes the structure of our personal and collective memories. Whether they seem to make perfect sense or whether they are flawed, we are always suspicious of our memories. We always demand more. And this is what makes the collection a story 'not [of] a man made divine but more human.--Hee-Jung Serenity Joo "Hyphen Magazine" (3/4/2016 12:00:00 AM)
"Young is a doctor as well as a poet, and [his poetry] demonstrates a skilled physician's combination of empathy and formal precision."--David Orr, NPR "Hyphen Magazine" (1/1/2015 12:00:00 AM)
"Wild with supernatural imagery, the poems in The Halo detail a rapid spiral into fever dreams as the narrator recovers from a grisly car wreck and comes to terms with the broad wings that stretch from his naked back."--David Orr, NPR "Shelf Awareness" (1/1/2015 12:00:00 AM)
"In this beautifully written and unsettling collection, Young (Torn) moves through the moments of his speaker's oft-broken life as he struggles to come to terms with the truths of his body and the world in which he exists."--David Orr, NPR "Publishers Weekly" (1/1/2015 12:00:00 AM)