The Book of Delights

The Book of Delights 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 an

  • Title: The Book of Delights
  • Author: Ross Gay
  • ISBN: 9781616207922
  • Page: 176
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 Ross Gay s The Book of Delights is a genre defying book of essays some as short as a paragraph some as long as five pages that record the smalThe 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 Ross Gay s The Book of Delights is a genre defying book of essays some as short as a paragraph some as long as five pages that record the small joys that occurred in one year, from birthday to birthday, and that we often overlook in our busy lives His is a meditation on delight that takes a clear eyed view of the complexities, even the terrors, in his life, including living in America as a black man the ecological and psychic violence of our consumer culture the loss of those he loves Among Gay s funny, poetic, philosophical delights the way Botan Rice Candy wrappers melt in your mouth, the volunteer crossing guard with a pronounced tremor whom he imagines as a kind of boat woman escorting pedestrians across the River Styx, a friend s unabashed use of air quotes, pickup basketball games, the silent nod of acknowledgment between black people And than any other subject, Gay celebrates the beauty of the natural world his garden, the flowers in the sidewalk, the birds, the bees, the mushrooms, the trees This is not a book of how to or inspiration, though it could be read that way Fans of Roxane Gay, Maggie Nelson, and Kiese Laymon will revel in Gay s voice, and his insights The Book of Delights is about our connection to the world, to each other, and the rewards that come from a life closely observed Gay s pieces serve as a powerful and necessary reminder that we can, and should, stake out a space in our lives for delight.

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    1. Ross Gay is the author of three books Against Which, Bringing the Shovel Down, and Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude He is also the co author, with Aimee Nezhukumatathil, of the chapbook Lace and Pyrite Letters from Two Gardens, in addition to being co author, with Richard Wehrenberg, Jr of the chapbook, River He is a founding editor, with Karissa Chen and Patrick Rosal, of the online sports magazine Some Call it Ballin , in addition to being an editor with the chapbook presses Q Avenue and Ledge Mule Press Ross is a founding board member of the Bloomington Community Orchard, a non profit, free fruit for all food justice and joy project He has received fellowships from Cave Canem, the Bread Loaf Writer s Conference, and the Guggenheim Foundation Ross teaches at Indiana University.

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