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Alex Lemon. Milkweed (PGW, dist.), $16 (96p)
Full of raw energy, up-to-date in its slang and its jump cuts, effervescent with the playfulness and sometimes the angers of youth, the third collection from Lemon (Hallelujah Blackout) conveys a likable, outsized personality; it should also work well in tandem with the Texas-based poet's forthcoming memoir, Happy (Scribner, 2010), which describes his fast descent and striking recovery, as a young adult, from shocking and sudden brain injury. "Saying yes to everything/Does not mean you need//To grunt at each person/Who says hello": so begins a poem called "We Could Boom Boom," …