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It feels like I read this book very quickly even though I read most of the poems at least 3 times. Not because that's my way of doing things (it's not), but because when I reached the end of many of the poems I would scream out "WHAT!" as in "what did I just read?!" and go back to feel it all again. And there isn't just one type of poem in here that does that, this poet makes that happen in so many ways....from the syndrome poems that made me think or laugh; the "love" poems that made me swoon, ...more
WOW! Very powerful pictures in Ross' words. If you enjoy poetry, you will LOVE this! Reading it was one thing. Having the wonderful experience of actually sitting in front of this poetic man while he recited multiple poems from this book was unforgettable. Everyone who loves poetry should have this in their collection.
I carried this book around for the month of February -- I took it to work, to the kitchen while I waited for the oatmeal to cook, on trains, to Chicago, to the YMCA while I spun. I basically needed to have it with me at all times. It is eerie and lovely, frightening and gorgeous.
This poetry collection by Ross Gay is dark and musical. Some reoccurring themes are love, a child, a tragic father, women, bombs, glass, teeth, breakups, nature, violence, birds and other animals. I had fun reading many of the poems aloud, especially "Say It" because Ross creates great incantatory rhythm through repetition. In fact, I was naturally drawn to raise my arms up, palms up, while speaking the words. I read this collection in a day, pretty much straight through, every poem aloud, and e ...more
I really loved Gay's first book, Against Which. I toted it around for a long time, reading poems aloud to anyone who would listen. I love Bringing the Shovel Down even more, which makes me ashamed that I let it fester on the "to read" pile for so long. These are amazing poems, and unique, which feels so rare sometimes these days. By unique I mean that no one else is doing what he does...or he's not doing what anybody else is doing. I mean, I recognize a voice in the poems that are uniquely his. ...more
Disturbing, yet poignant, is likely to force a potential reader of Ross Gay’s Bringing The Shovel Down to hesitate to pick up this collection, but it’s exactly the multiple discordant strains of violence, rage, grief, and finally admonishment, that leaves one feeling somehow changed in the end.
Ross Gay is the author of three books: Against Which, Bringing the Shovel Down, and Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude. He is also the co-author, with Aimee Nezhukumatathil, of the chapbook "Lace and Pyrite: Letters from Two Gardens," in addition to being co-author, with Richard Wehrenberg, Jr., of the chapbook, "River." He is a founding editor, with Karissa Chen and Patrick Rosal, of the online sport ...moreMore about Ross Gay...