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Poet Ross Gay is on a roll: He talks gardens and gratitude

Poet Ross Gay is on a roll: He talks gardens and gratitude

Ross Gay is on a roll. His third poetry collection, “Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude,” is currently in the running for the $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award and for the National Book Critics Circle Award for poetry, and was a finalist for the National Book Award and the NAACP Image Award.

The odes and elegies in “Catalog” celebrate bounty while focusing on the most seemingly mundane of objects --  buttons, feet, armpits, ants, trees -- to reflect on the deeper significance of their impermanence. In the collection's first poem "to the fig tree on 9th and christian," the...

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