Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude

Finalist, National Book Awards 2015 for Poetry

Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude by Ross Gay book cover, 2015
ISBN 978-0822963318
University of Pittsburgh Press
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Ross Gay

Ross Gay is the author of three poetry collections: Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude; Against Which; and Bringing the Shovel Down. His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Orion, the Sun, and elsewhere. More about this author >

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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.

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In Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, the intricate delights and difficulties of our lives as well as the nitty-gritty majesty of the natural world are generously scrutinized. With the sumptuous clarity of a good quartet, Gay has composed a lyrical map of the mind’s ongoing scuffle with the heart. There’s humor here and tough-minded insight, along with an unflinching engagement with those wounds that won’t be healed—all of this beneath a rich vocal canopy whose central quality is tenderness.