The American Journal of Poetry
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Gary Young

On Sunday afternoons,


On Sunday afternoons, my grandmother and I rode a little rail car called Angel’s Flight from Third Street up to the Olive Street station. At the top of the run, she told me about angels—this was the city of angels—and about the heavenly host poised somewhere above the clouds. Driving home, we passed three white crosses planted on a hillside overlooking the highway. She told me about the crucifixion, and I came to believe that Jesus and the others had been crucified on those very crosses. I was never happy living in that city, where terrible things had happened.




GARY YOUNG has been awarded grants from the NEA and the NEH. He’s received a Pushcart Prize, and his book of poems, The Dream of a Moral Life, won the James D. Phelan Award. He is the author of several other collections of poetry including Hands; Days; Braver Deeds, winner the Peregrine Smith Poetry Prize; No Other Life, winner of the William Carlos Williams Award; Pleasure; and Even So: New and Selected Poems. His most recent book is Adversary. 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.



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