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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.

Average rating: 4.23 · 18,461 ratings · 3,195 reviews · 27 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Book of Delights: Essays

4.19 avg rating — 10,907 ratings — published 2019 — 14 editions
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Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude

4.27 avg rating — 4,442 ratings — published 2015 — 3 editions
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Inciting Joy: Essays

4.22 avg rating — 872 ratings — published 2022 — 11 editions
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Be Holding

4.65 avg rating — 439 ratings — published 2020 — 3 editions
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Bringing the Shovel Down

4.37 avg rating — 408 ratings — published 2011 — 4 editions
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Against Which

4.47 avg rating — 262 ratings — published 2006
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Lace & Pyrite:  Letters fro...

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River

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Thank You

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“Because in trying to articulate what, perhaps, joy is, it has occurred to me that among other things—the trees and the mushrooms have shown me this—joy is the mostly invisible, the underground union between us, you and me, which is, among other things, the great fact of our life and the lives of everyone and thing we love going away. If we sink a spoon into that fact, into the duff between us, we will find it teeming. It will look like all the books ever written. It will look like all the nerves in a body. We might call it sorrow, but we might call it a union, one that, once we notice it, once we bring it into the light, might become flower and food. Might be joy.”
Ross Gay, The Book of Delights: Essays

“I suppose I could spend time theorizing how it is that people are not bad to each other, but that’s really not the point. The point is that in almost every instance of our lives, our social lives, we are, if we pay attention, in the midst of an almost constant, if subtle, caretaking. Holding open doors. Offering elbows at crosswalks. Letting someone else go first. Helping with the heavy bags. Reaching what’s too high, or what’s been dropped. Pulling someone back to their feet. Stopping at the car wreck, at the struck dog. The alternating merge, also known as the zipper. This caretaking is our default mode and it’s always a lie that convinces us to act or believe otherwise. Always.”
Ross Gay, The Book of Delights: Essays

“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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