Bringing the Shovel Down (Paperback)Ross Gay (author)
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Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Number of pages: 80
Weight: 118 g
Dimensions: 203 x 152 x 5 mm
'Blending classic craft with contemporary subject matter, poet Ross Gay's new collection packs a wallop in its urgency to communication the joys and sorows of life.' -Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
'Artfully honest. Gay's poems are 'small lanterns' of 'lighting' and more'. -Philadelphia Inquirer
'With language wholly his own, sparkling clean and tender, Bringing the Shovel Down exposes a dark marriage of love and violence from which one cannot turn away.' -ForeWord Magazine
'Gay . . . can score a direct hit when he wants to. In Bringing the Shovel Down,he employs a variety of voices. The most effective of these . . . is the voice in which Gay shears off the 'poetic' trappings and just lets his language 'stutter and thrum," and he puts it in a poem called 'Say It.' Yes, you think: say it. He's at his best when he comes right out with it.' -New York Times
'The language Gay brings to his poems is fresh and inviting. . . . One of the most satisfying new books I have read in a long time.' -West Branch
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