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Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude

Pitt Poetry Series

by Ross Gay

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An new, award-winning collection of poems from one of the most celebrated contemporary poets.

Winner, 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Prize
Winner, 2015 National Book Award, poetry category
Finalist, 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award, poetry category
Finalist, 2015 NAACP Image Awards, poetry category

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, nourish us.

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"Gay is known for his exuberant live readings, and though these poems don't translate perfectly to the page, they're inspiring nonetheless." - Publishers Weekly

"These are accessible, alive poems that give one the sense of sitting and talking in the poet's kitchen ... Gay embraces the natural cycles of life and death as only an introspective gardener and accomplished poet can." - Booklist

"Like one big celebration bursting with joy ... Gay's poems burst forth in leggy, unexpected ways, zooming in on legs furred with pollen or soil breast-stroking into the xylem." - Tess Taylor, NPR, All Things Considered

"Ross Gay is a fresh voice in American poetry. His poems are fast-paced, carefully crafted with great attention to detail." - Fox Chase Review

"I'm bowled over by how Ross Gay reaches again and again toward stating what's beautiful, what's sweet, what's most emotionally moving to him ... They feel bold and wild and weird." - American Poetry Review

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Ross Gay

Ross Gay is the author of two previous collections, Against Which and Bringing the Shovel Down. His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Orion, the Sun, and elsewhere. He is an associate professor of poetry at Indiana University and teaches in Drew University's low-residency MFA program in poetry. He also serves on the board of the Bloomington Community Orchard.

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