Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude

Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude

Paperback - 2015
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Winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award, poetry category. Winner of the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. Finalist for the 2015 National Book Award, poetry category.Finalist for the 2015 NAACP Image Awards in Poetry. 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.
Publisher: Pittsburgh, Pa. : University of Pittsburgh Press, [2015]
ISBN: 9780822963318
0822963310
Branch Call Number: 811.6
Characteristics: 102 pages ; 21 cm.

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JCLChrisK Nov 25, 2020

A poignant collection of poems that find exuberant joy in the mundane, that find a way to appreciate and celebrate the unexceptional, unappetizing, uninspiring, and unexpected, from items to moments to body parts to experiences, including loss and sorrow. Sample poem titles: "Ode to Buttoning and Unbuttoning My Shirt," "Spoon," "Armpit," "Sharing with the Ants," and "Ode to Drinking Water with My Hands." One of my favorites is "Weeping," in which he captures the beauty of the regretless tears he saw his niece shed at the end of a magical experience with a butterfly. They are both simple and surprising, managing to be about more than what they appear. They are joy.

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pinopian33
Jul 23, 2018

Gorgeous writing! My new favorite poet. Life in every word. :)

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adoyzie
Apr 05, 2018

This is a beautiful, delightful, and sometimes wrenching work. The collection is also accessible for folks who may be new to poetry. Pro-tips: 1) great to read just before the turn of seasons, preferable spring and summer. 2) read the poems out loud, they feel more thundering that way.

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jezicuhh
Apr 25, 2017

I really wanted to enjoy this poem book! I swear it. I just couldn't grasp what Gay was attempting to convey. Perhaps it just went over my head. Definitely take your time with this one if you give it a chance.

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