The Book of Delights

The Book of Delights

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"Ross Gay's eye lands upon wonder at every turn, bolstering my belief in the countless small miracles that surround us." --Tracy K. Smith, Pulitzer Prize winner and U.S. Poet Laureate

The winner of the NBCC Award for Poetry offers up a spirited collection of short lyric essays, written daily over a tumultuous year, reminding us of the purpose and pleasure of praising, extolling, and celebrating ordinary wonders.

In The Book of Delights , one of today's most original literary voices offers up a genre-defying volume of lyric essays written over one tumultuous year. The first nonfiction book from award-winning poet Ross Gay is a record of the small joys we often overlook in our busy lives. Among Gay's funny, poetic, philosophical delights: a friend's unabashed use of air quotes, cradling a tomato seedling aboard an airplane, the silent nod of acknowledgment between the only two black people in a room. But Gay never dismisses the complexities, even the terrors, of living in America as a black man or the ecological and psychic violence of our consumer culture or the loss of those he loves. More than anything other subject, though, Gay celebrates the beauty of the natural world--his garden, the flowers peeking out of the sidewalk, the hypnotic movements of a praying mantis.

The Book of Delights is about our shared bonds, and the rewards that come from a life closely observed. These remarkable pieces serve as a powerful and necessary reminder that we can, and should, stake out a space in our lives for delight.

Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, [2019]
ISBN: 9781616207922
Branch Call Number: 814.6
Characteristics: xii, 274 pages ; 19 cm


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Jan 26, 2020

NOTE: THIS BOOK IS NOT for those who SPEED READ through books.

LET IT BE KNOWN: This book is for those who are up for savoring language; those who appreciate nuance in situations, relationships and life itself; and those ‘lean into’ being stimulated to think, reflect and find joy!

This book is to be delighted. Delight comes in many forms. Ross Gay, author The Book Delights, doesn’t provide us with the “jump for joy” kind of delight.
His is more of a worldly journey of a black man’s year and where he found “gems” (my word – I am thinking Gay might find a ‘ten times better’ word) to acknowledge in a grateful way. The journey will take readers into gardens, onto park benches and beyond as this published poet, this teacher of college students at Indiana University - reviews the days in his life from a given year. The result is 100 short essays of reflection by a gifted writer.

You may find that you deeply appreciate Gay’s use of language. You may find yourself charmed, re-affirmed, gently nudged to grow in a positive direction, and/or a bit challenged by the complexity [and the possibly of finding delight through influence, opinion or other surprising stimuli] of the provocative juxtaposition on events, circumstances or opportunities.
His poetry books include: Bringing the Shovel Down and Against Which.

I recommend this book! Enjoy!

Dec 05, 2019

Maybe I'll use one of the free calendars I get to record something that delights me every day.


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