Celestial Hobo Book Club: "Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude" by Ross Gay

Celestial Hobo: Poetry for people who don’t usually read it. (Poetry-readers welcome, too! Teach us some stuff that we don’t know.)

This month's book club pick is Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude by Ross Gay.

Winner, 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award, poetry category
Winner, 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Prize

Finalist, 2015 National Book Award, poetry category
Finalist, 2015 NAACP Image Awards, poetry category


Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude is a sustained meditation on that which goes away—loved ones, the seasons, the earth as we know it—that tries to find solace in the processes of the garden and the orchard. That is, this is a book that studies the wisdom of the garden and orchard, those places where all—death, sorrow, loss—is converted into what might, with patience, nourish us.

"Like one big celebration bursting with joy . . . Gay's poems burst forth in leggy, unexpected ways, zooming in on legs furred with pollen or soil breast-stroking into the xylem. Gay's praise is Whitmanesque, full of manure, mulberry-stained purple bird poop, dirty clothes and hangovers, but also the pleasure of bare feet, of pruning a peach tree, of feeding a neighbor. . . . Whether you're feeling like you have a whole brass band of gratitude or if you're feeling like you only have a rusty horn, read this book. Gay even thanks you for reading it, saying I can't stop my gratitude, which includes dear reader, you for staying here with me, for moving your lips just so as I speak." 
--Tess Taylor , NPR, All Things Considered

Ross Gay is the author of two previous collections, Against Which and Bringing the Shovel Down. His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Orion, the Sun, and elsewhere. He is an associate professor of poetry at Indiana University and teaches in Drew University's low-residency MFA program in poetry. He also serves on the board of the Bloomington Community Orchard.

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Event date: 
Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
City Lit Books
2523 N. Kedzie Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60647
Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude (Pitt Poetry Series) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780822963318
Availability: Out of stock, usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: University of Pittsburgh Press - January 7th, 2015