It’s National Poetry Month! Our April selection for The Stacks Book Club is Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude by Ross Gay. It was released in 2015 and won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Prize, and was a finalist for the National Book Award and NAACP Image Award in poetry. It’s a meditation on the ephemeral nature of love, life and nature itself, using imagery from gardens and orchards to cultivate wisdom and patience around themes of grief and loss. According to the Paris Review, “Almost no one has the faith Gay seems to have in poetry’s ability to tap grace from the happenings of his life. . . He looks to the act of writing as real alchemy, and death, disappointment, and inequity become honey in his hands.” Ross Gay serves on the board of the Bloomington Community Orchard and is an associate professor of poetry at Indiana University. This is his third collection of poems.
We will discuss Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude by Ross Gay on Wednesday, April 26th. You can find out who our guest will be by listening to our April 5th episode. If you’d like even more discussion around the book, consider joining The Stacks Pack on Patreon and participating in The Stacks’ monthly virtual book club.
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