Bringing The Shovel Down (Pitt Poetry Series)

Bringing The Shovel Down (Pitt Poetry Series)

Bringing the Shovel Down (Pitt Poetry Series)

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

Review

“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 launguage ‘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



“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,...

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