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Topic: Pino Coluccio

On Pino Coluccio's "Misspent Youth"

Here is a man of “words, words, words” quite lost in the game of action. Not a hockey player adept at stick handling, he remains shut out. And the rules of the game he does command–language and its grammar–imbue the poem with multiple texts: what the lines say, what is said between them, and what the loins say.
Coluccio’s hilarious and sexually-loaded wordplay throughout the poem is underscored with pathos, established first by the varied nuances of the title “Misspent Youth.” To miss is to fail to meet, take advantage of, or experience. ‘Spent’ suggests a loss of original force or a purchase at some cost. Immediately an overtone of regret is established. Readers expect some juvenile folly or guilty pleasure and anticipate its price.