Ross Gay


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Ross Gay is the author of Against Which, Bringing the Shovel Down, and Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude. 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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The Book of Delights

4.32 avg rating — 3,545 ratings — published 2019 — 6 editions
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Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude

4.25 avg rating — 2,732 ratings — published 2015 — 3 editions
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Bringing the Shovel Down

4.42 avg rating — 280 ratings — published 2011 — 4 editions
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Against Which

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Be Holding

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Be Holding: A Poem (Pitt Po...

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They Said: A Multi-Genre An...

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American Journal: Fifty Poe...

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“It didn’t take me long to learn that the discipline or practice of writing these essays occasioned a kind of delight radar. Or maybe it was more like the development of a delight muscle. Something that implies that the more you study delight, the more delight there is to study.”
Ross Gay, The Book of Delights: Essays

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“I suspect it is simply a feature of being an adult, what I will call being grown, or a grown person, to have endured some variety of thorough emotional turmoil, to have made your way to the brink, and, if you’re lucky, to have stepped back from it—if not permanently, then for some time, or time to time. Then it is, too, a kind of grownness by which I see three squares of light on my wall, the shadow of a tree trembling in two of them, and hear the train going by and feel no panic or despair, feel no sense of condemnation or doom or horrible align- ment, but simply observe the signs—light and song—for what they are—light and song. And, knowing what I have felt before, and might feel again, feel a sense of relief, which is cousin to, or rather, water to, delight.”
Ross Gay, The Book of Delights

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