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Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude is a sustained meditation on that which goes away loved ones the seasons the earth as we know it that tries to find solace in the processes of the garden and the orcha

  • Title: Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude
  • Author: Ross Gay
  • ISBN: 9780822963318
  • Page: 215
  • Format: Paperback
  • Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude is a sustained meditation on that which goes away loved ones, the seasons, the earth as we know it that tries to find solace in the processes of the garden and the orchard That is, this is a book that studies the wisdom of the garden and orchard, those places where all death, sorrow, loss is converted into what might, with patience, nourishCatalog of Unabashed Gratitude is a sustained meditation on that which goes away loved ones, the seasons, the earth as we know it that tries to find solace in the processes of the garden and the orchard That is, this is a book that studies the wisdom of the garden and orchard, those places where all death, sorrow, loss is converted into what might, with patience, nourish us.Winner, 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award, poetry category Winner, 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry PrizeFinalist, 2015 National Book Award, poetry category Finalist, 2015 NAACP Image Awards, poetry category

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    1. Laura McNeal on said:

      I don't know when I last read a set of poems that managed to convey such intense joy. I love Gerard Manley Hopkins, and although the comparison is imperfect, I swear I still felt an echo of "The Windhover" in certain lines and stanzas, especially the title poem, which I love intensely. I think it was Roger Rosenblatt who said art requires affection for life, and Ross Gay's affection is infectious here. His poems are like good music, good food, good weather, and good friends coming together at th [...]

    2. Julie Ehlers on said:

      Probably one of the most noteworthy things about Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude is that most of these poems are several pages long, and they often start out being about one thing and then pivot somewhere in the middle, revealing they're actually about something else instead of, or in addition to, what you'd thought they were about. You could be reading along happily, smiling at Gay's loving tribute to his next-door neighbor, only to unexpectedly find yourself sobbing. Uh, not that that happened [...]

    3. Ken on said:

      I have a little ritual I go through before I read a book of poetry. First, I count the number of poems in the collection. Here it is a nimble 24. Doesn't seem enough to flesh out a full book of poetry (this is not a chapbook), but once you enter, the mystery is solved. Gay mostly writes long, strung-out single-stanza poems, often with lines that consist of 2-6 words. But back to the ritual. Acknowledgments. Ah, yes. The aspiring poet in me. I want to know where these have seen the light of publi [...]

    4. Ellie on said:

      This is a warm-hearted volume of poems that constantly tricked me into tears. The reality of life as loss is very present here, inextricably connected to the joy of life's abundance. The author's experience of gardening inform the poems which are filled with images of the garden, the life and inevitable deaths.There are so many lines that I treasured. To quote just a few:and yes, it is spring, if you can't tellfrom the words my mind makes of the worldand:I swore when I got into this poem I would [...]

    5. Jenny (Reading Envy) on said:

      This book of poems was just longlisted for the National Book Award, so I was happy to find a copy in my library.Ross's poems are very steeped in nature, particularly a farm/orchard childhood (based on what he says). A lot on childhood, relationships, and one very touching tribute to a friend and colleague at Indiana University who was stabbed to death in 2009. (That poem is called "Spoon.")My favorite little bit comes at the end of the poem "Feet," which starts with his thoughts on his ugly feet [...]

    6. André Carreira on said:

      I am trying, I think, to forgive myselffor something I don't know what.But what I do know is that I love the moment when the poet says"I am trying to do thisor I am trying to do that."Sometimes it's a horseshit trick. But sometimesit's a way by which the poet says I wish I could tell you, truly, of the little factoryin my head: the smokestackschuffing, the dandelionsand purslane and willows of sweet cloverprying through the blacktop.I wish I could tell youhow inside is the steady mumble and clan [...]

    7. Carol on said:

      I love, love, love this book. It truly lives up to the title.I plan to quote from several of the poems. Since there's no plot to be revealed, I don't think it's technically a spoiler, but for those who don't want to read excerpts, be advised.I first heard of this author when I happened to catch a radio interview with him on my car radio. WFIU, Bloomington. He teaches poetry at Indiana University. He is also on the board of the Bloomington Community Orchard. The interviewer asked about the connec [...]

    8. Superstition Review on said:

      Ross Gay’s Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude is an uplifting and therapeutic poetry collection. He embraces the small things that make life wonderful as he reminisces his past and childhood.His collection is imbued with beautiful imagery about the natural world; it is compellingly lyrical:There is, in my yard, a huge and beautiful peach tree.I planted the thing as a three-foot whip,a spindly prayer with a tangle of roots so delicate,so wild, I took ten minutes to feather them apart.The self-aware [...]

    9. Alessandra Simmons on said:

      Ross Gay's newest book reminds me of why I love poetry. The sincerity and precision. The music. The seeing and cataloging what is beautiful and what is perverse. Though every word is well placed and every line well cared for, the poems wander, and wallow, and address themselves, and yet never loose focus. In poems the reader might wonder how she got from sexual innuendo to sharing a meal with small-miracle worker: the bee, and so be forced to re-read and retrace the steps that got her there. Gay [...]

    10. Pete on said:

      just like an overflowing bucket of human delight/sadness/the spectrum between. i am down with ross gay.

    11. Michael on said:

      from Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude by Ross GayOde to Sleeping in My ClothesAnd though I don’t mention it to my motheror the doctorswith their white coats it is, in fact,a great source of happiness,for me, as I don’teven remove my socks,and will sometimeseven pull up my hoodand slide my hands deepin my pocketsand probably moresothan usual look as if somethingbad has happenedmy heart blasting a last somersaultor some artery partinglike curtains in a theatrewhile the cavalry of bloodcomes char [...]

    12. Alice Lippart on said:

      I had quite high expectations for this, but I'm afraid I'm a bit disappointed. Though I found some of the sentences beautiful, especially those depicting nature, I couldn't find a personal connection. I was initially going to give this three stars, but after having thought about it for a few days, very little from this seems to have stuck with me. I do see the talent, but I just didn't find myself captured.

    13. Hannah Notess on said:

      Ross was my professor, so I am not exactly objective, but this book is so good. I wish it won all the awards. The poem "Spoon," an elegy for Don Belton, is unforgettable.An undercurrent of these poems:Gratitude and joy can subvert the cruel and racist systems of domination that grind people down. Reveling in beauty &etc.

    14. Peycho Kanev on said:

      ode to the fluteA man singsby opening hismouth a mansings by openinghis lungs byturning himself into aira flute canbe made of a mannothing is explaineda flute layson its sideand prays a windmight enter itand make of itat leasta small final song

    15. missy jean on said:

      These poems are antidotes for despair; if you could bottle their magic, preserve it like ripe fruits, you could cure most anything.

    16. David Johnson on said:

      Enticing, refreshing, and a beautiful ode to flora and fauna. Review to come.

    17. Abby on said:

      Happy poems. Especially love Ross Gay writing about gardening and animals and plants. A perfect mid-winter pick-me-up.

    18. Lynsy on said:

      In short, I didn't like this book. Mostly, I didn't like the style. There weren't enough punctuation breaks, so the lines ran into each other and the rhythm got lost. There wasn't a single poem, or even a single line, that I liked. I don't understand why this won awards, to be honest.Read the review on my blog here.

    19. Aidan Owen on said:

      This collection of poetry is nearly perfect. These poems are so lush and beautiful that, with many of them, I had to read them and then reread them slowly to savor the music of Gay's language and let in the joy and reverence he takes in all the details of life. Much of the collection draws on his orchard, and the poems have the quality of that fruit. The words "bursting," "sweet," and "ripe" come to mind. I loved every minute of this collection, and I'm sure I will reread it over and over again. [...]

    20. Aran on said:

      Forgive me. I embraced this book reluctantly. My own style is so terse that it took me a while to ease into Gay's sweet rambling. "to the mulberry tree" was where it finally clicked for me: when I got to the ending: "she put one hand on my chin/and the other in my hair/turning my head away from what wreckage/waited in there/and back in the leaves,/which too I will do to you,/so that none of us ever die terribly,/but stay always like this, lips and fingers blushed purple,/the faint sugar ghosting [...]

    21. Marguerite on said:

      Not unlike a seed packet whose descriptions of luscious blooms whet the gardener's appetite when snow and ice cover the ground. Ross Gay provokes, surprises and delights with his thoughts about the natural world. In so doing, he makes something sacred of the ordinary, whether it's humus or the liturgy of pruning. This one's a keeper. Recommended for people who like to dirty their hands and plant little miracles."The magic dust our bodies become casts spells on the roots.""The kind of God to whom [...]

    22. Anandi on said:

      Devoured this delicious book of poetry during breaks at Soulfire Farm's Black and Latino Farmer Immersion.I loved listening to, meeting and communing with permaculture poet Ross Gay. There is no substitute for the animated way he reads his work. Definitely go see him reading live if you have the opportunity.A must-savor collection for anyone who digs nature, gardening, farming, orchards, the outdoors and vibrant imagery. The way Ross sees the world, his divine diction and rhythm, playfully (and [...]

    23. Jerrie (redwritinghood) on said:

      This poetry collection deserves all the praise it's received. Humble and charming, Ross Gay sees the beautiful and not-so-beautiful and loves it all. These poems focus on nature, especially the joy of producing things in the garden, as well as friends and family.

    24. Jonathan Hiskes on said:

      Beautiful, funny poems, as fertile and fragrant and bright as a backyard garden in June.

    25. Heather on said:

      2016 LBC Bingo: Book of PoetryI'm so not a poetry person, but this one made me smile. Intensely joyful and honest; this would be hard to dislike. Even if you aren't a poetry person.

    26. Leslie Lawrence on said:

      This book is a treat. Even if you're not big on poetry you should give it a look.Incantatory, Ross's poems propel you towarda larger and often ecstatic vision of what it means to be alive.

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