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Bringing the Shovel Down is a re-imagination of the violent mythologies of state and power.

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“These poems speak out of a global consciousness as well as an individual wisdom that is bright with pity, terror, and rage, and which asks the reader to realize that she is not alone—that the grief he carries is not just his own. Gay is a poet of conscience, who echoes Tomas Tranströmer's ‘We do not surrender. But want peace.’”

—Jean Valentine

“Ross Gay is some kind of brilliant latter-day troubadour whose poetry is shaped not only by yearning but also play and scrutiny, melancholy and intensity. I might be shocked by the bold, persistent love throughout Bringing the Shovel Down if I wasn’t so wooed and transformed by it.”

—Terrance Hayes

“With masterful rhythms and multiple tones, Ross Gay gets down to bare-bones difficulty: love often tinged with grief, violence, and deception. He moves from macrocosm to microcosm, probing injustice’s absurdities as well as a pining self that can’t be pinned down. As with his ‘little dreamer, little hard hat, little heartbeat,’ Gay’s poems are vitalized by the poet’s ache for compassion and truth.”

—Ira Sadoff

“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

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Gay, Ross
University of Pittsburgh Press
Single Author / American
Poetry-A to Z
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Pitt Poetry Series
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8 x 6 in

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