catalog of unabashed gratitude by ross gay

catalog of unabashedSeries: Pitt Poetry Series

Paperback: 112 pages

Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press; 1 edition (January 7, 2015)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0822963310

ISBN-13: 978-0822963318

 

Review by g emil reutter 

Born in Youngstown Ohio, raised in Levittown Pennsylvania. College in the foothills of the Poconos, and City of Yonkers, suburban Westchester County New York and Temple University in Philadelphia. Ross Gay writes of where he has come from, his working class roots and his travels through this life of his. He is a poet on the run, always moving forward. His poetry consists of beautiful metaphors and startling images. Such is the case with this excerpt from to the fig tree at 9th and Christian

.

I was without a

sack so my meager

plunder would have to

suffice and an old woman

whom gravity

was pulling into

the earth loosed one

from a low slung

branch and it’s eye

wept like hers

which she dabbed

with a kerchief as she

cleaved the fig with

what remained of her

teeth

.

Gay writes of his father in the poem burial. Wanting to coax him back to life he takes, the jar which has become my father’s house, empties it into two fresh plum tree holes, …splaying wide their roots, casting the gray dust of my old man evenly throughout the hole… His father now will live through the plum trees bearing tender fruit.

 

In the poem feet, there is the girl, Tina, and her gaudy, cement maker, Levittown accent. And this beautiful line in the opening stanza of c’mon

.

My Mother is not the wings,

nor the bird, but the moon

across the laced hands

of the nest.

.

Ross Gay is a fresh voice in American poetry. His poems are fast paced, carefully crafted with great attention to detail of those he writes about and the images that surround him.

You can check out the book here:

http://www.amazon.com/Catalog-Unabashed-Gratitude-Poetry-Series/dp/0822963310

 

Poets @ Pennypack II 004-g emil reutter lives and writes in the Fox Chase neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pa. He can be found at https://gereutter.wordpress.com/about/

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