Red Cedar, Red Pine
Winner of the 2021 Blue Light Poetry Prize
Gary Young's most recent books are That's What I Thought, winner of the Lexi Rudnitsky Editor's Choice Award from Persea Books, and Precious Mirror, translations from the Japanese. His books include Even So: New and Selected Poems; Pleasure; No Other Life, winner of the William Carlos Williams Award; Braver Deeds, winner of the Peregrine Smith Poetry Prize; The Dream of a Moral Life, which won the James D. Phelan Award; and Hands. He has received grants from the NEH, NEA, and the California Arts Council, among others. In 2009 he received the Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America. He teaches creative writing and directs the Cowell Press at UC Santa Cruz.
"Since the 1970s, Young has been publishing almost unbelievably intimate and precise poems. . . Young writes with a unique combination of wisdom and terror, engendering a kind of sad calm, a hard-earned acceptance of life's difficulty and openness to its beauty."
- Publishers Weekly
"There's glow, wonder, in all his writing, even the poems of terrible pain, where wonder bathes the strangeness of the circumstances themselves, bathes the strength of spirit that allows those circumstances to be survived. . . He's become one of our most piercing, luminous prose poets."
- Richard Silberg, Poetry Flash