Congratulations Gary Young!


Prose poet Gary Young has won this year’s prestigious Shelley Memorial Award! The award, given out by the Poetry Society of America, has previously been awarded to luminaries such as Gary Snyder, e.e. cummings, Kenneth Rexroth, Kenneth Patchen, Elizabeth Bishop, and Robert Creeley.

We’re all very happy for him. Here’s a poem from his latest collection, Pleasure:

I bought eggplants at the farmer’s market, long and slender, the deep purple reserved for nightshade, castor, the garden’s poisonous brood. I was admiring the eggplant’s waxy skin, its tender flesh, when a farmer thrust a tomato into my hand. I bit into the firm, red fruit, belladonna’s passionate cousin, and ate it under his watchful eye. He looked at me and nodded, as if he knew how far I’d go for pleasure.


  1. says

    Congratulations gary young.. Bang-up 🙂

  2. says

    Congratulations gary young.. WTF? 🙂

  3. says

    Congratulations gary young.. Huh, really? 🙂