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  • ISBN: 9781616207922
  • ISBN: 1616207922
  • Physical Description: xii, 274 pages ; 19 cm
  • Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, [2019]

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Formatted Contents Note:
My birthday, kinda -- Inefficiency -- Flower in the curb -- Blowing it off -- Hole in the head -- Remission still -- Praying mantis -- The negreeting -- The high-five from strangers, etc. -- Writing by hand -- Transplanting -- Nicknames -- But, maybe ... -- "Joy is such a human madness" -- House party -- Hummingbird -- Just a dream -- That's Some Bambi Shit" ... -- The irrepressible: The gratitudes -- Tap tap -- Coffee without the saucer -- Lily on the pants -- Sharing a bag -- Umbrella in the café -- Beast mode -- Airplane rituals -- Weirdly untitled -- Pecans -- The do-over -- Infinity -- Ghost -- Note bene -- "Love Me in a Special Way" -- "Stay," by Lisa Loeb -- Stacking delights -- Donny Hathaway on Pandora -- "To Spread the Sweetness of Love" -- Baby, baby, baby -- "REPENT OR BURN" -- Giving my body to the cause -- Among the rewards of my sloth ... -- Not Grumpy Cat -- Some stupid shit -- Not only ... -- Micro-gentrification: WE BUY GOLD -- Reading palms -- The sanctity of trains -- Bird feeding -- Kombucha in a mid-century glass -- Hickories -- Annoyed no more -- Toto -- Church poets -- Public lying down -- Babies, seriously -- "My Life, My Life, My Life, My Life in the Sunshine" -- Incorporation -- Botan rice candy -- Understory -- "Joy is Such a Human Madness": The duff between us -- "It's Just the Day I'm Having" ...
The purple cornets of spring -- The volunteer -- Fishing an eyelash: Two or three cents on the virtues of the poetry reading -- Found things -- Found things (2) -- Cuplicking -- Bobblehead -- The jenky -- the crow's ablutions -- Flowers in the hands of statues -- An abundance of public toilets -- The wave of unfamiliars -- Not for nothing -- Bindweed ... delight? -- Dickhead 200 -- Ambiguous signage sometimes -- Heart to heart -- Caution: Bees on bridge -- Tomato on board -- Purple-handed -- Name: Kayte Young: phone number: 555-867-5309 -- Still processing -- Fireflies -- My scythe Jack -- Pawpaw grove -- Loitering -- Touched -- Scat -- Get thee to the nutrient cycle! -- Pulling carrots -- Filling the frame -- Reckless air quotes -- Judith Irene Gay, aged seventy-six today! -- Rothko backboard -- The Marfa lights -- The carport -- My Garden (book) -- Black bumblebees! -- Grown -- Coco-baby -- My birthday.
Summary, etc.:
"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."-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2018 December #2
    On his forty-second birthday, poet Gay (Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, 2015) began a yearlong project to write, every day, about something that delighted him. The 100 of these essayettes shared here in chronological order—and which are most delightfully read that way—consider things as contained as a high five from a stranger and concepts as vast as existence itself. The longhand in which Gay first wrote these (one of the project's rules) seems to uncurl on the typed page, in winding meanders and meaningful digressions that share a life-spanning spectrum of emotions and experiences. Gay discovers that his delights begin to compound and embed in one another. Stacking delights, saving up several to write about another day, is technically against the rules, but he does it anyway; and occasionally blowing off the project is its own delight. While Gay's delights embrace the darkness of racism and death, en masse they share a profound capacity for joy and belief in humankind. This stunning self-portrait of a gardener, a teacher, and a keen observer of life is sure to inspire. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

In addition to The Book of Delights: Essays, Ross Gay is the author of three books of poetry, including Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. Catalog was also a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award in Poetry, the Ohioana Book Award, the Balcones Poetry Prize, the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and was nominated for an NAACP Image Award. He is a founding editor, with Karissa Chen and Patrick Rosal, of the online sports magazine Some Call It Ballin&; and founding board member of the Bloomington Community Orchard, a nonprofit, free-fruit-for-all food justice and joy project. Gay has received fellowships from the Cave Canem Foundation, the Bread Loaf Writers&; Conference, and the Guggenheim Foundation. He teaches at Indiana University.

Subject: Gay, Ross, 1974-
Gay, Ross, 1974-
American essays.
Genre: Essays.

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