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Be Holding: A Poem (Pitt Poetry Series) by [Ross Gay]

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"Ross Gay's work is not only celebratory. It is also an exegesis on loss, grief, prejudice, shame, and the improbability of grace in our lives--especially in Black lives." --Boston Review

"There are no idle spectators in this new bougainvillea book-length poem by Ross Gay. Tender, incisive, double-dutching couplets, stretch end to end. We are hula-hooped on and off the court then deposited inside photographs and lush gardens, calipers in hand, ready to measure the honey, the scent, the circumference of our eyes, hearts, hand." --Nikky Finney

"A unique work of form and substance." --The Millions

"Impossible, unprecedented, right-before-your eyes but defying logic and the laws of nature." --RHINO

"My Lord. The brilliance, formal dexterity, and deep generosity of this book. This book that makes me rethink what poetry can offer, both in a literary and holistic sense. Ross Gay takes one fluid human gesture and through it expands the lungs of personal and communal history so they might hold all joy, terror, and violence of this world. Be Holding is unlike any poetry book written in recent memory. In this terrible era, Ross Gay has written a book that breathes this broken world in and then returns it to us so we might breathe too. And break. And bloom into whatever it is we are on the path to becoming." --Gabrielle Calvocoressi

"Nothing happens only when it happens. Right now, we're all tree-borne watching the Doctor all but not come down, again and again. We feel the weight of our enjoyment, the heavy duress we're under when it happens, where it happens, where nothing happens only where it happens. Behold! We are held in flight. Is that why Dr. J tried to give the last word on that move, saying it was 'just another move, ' saying so all but sadly? Well, Be Holding unfolds that word, moves it and releases it, re-releasing that move in carefully watching, again and again, for all that differentiates it from all the descendant moves and for all that entangles it with all the ascendant ones. The flights in fallenness, the grave plays on stillness, the refusals of space and time, the reprovals of being and history, are so serious that it's as if it were just a game, not a game, not a game, this practice of desperate falling into looking. We play it light, though. There's no last word on what we hand and hold, or on what we behold, or on our beholding. Again and again, in the beautiful note he holds and hands, that's what Ross Gay be saying." --Fred Moten

"The brilliant fourth book from Gay . . . continues his now-signature inquiry into feeling. Shaped as a single poem in a long sentence of center-justified couplets, the drama of this unfolding sentence is impeccable, a suspension that mirrors its subject: basketball Hall-of-Famer Julius Erving's midair 'baseline scoop' in the 1980 NBA finals." --Publishers Weekly starred review

"This book-length poem is a voice's drive down center court. At once record, collage, group photograph, dance, and archive, Be Holding reveals a multifaceted intimacy and lyricism within the history of a game, tracing how this history is interconnected with the saga of our country. Ross Gay has once again proven himself one of our greatest poets." --Claudia Rankine --This text refers to the paperback edition.

About the Author

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. ÊHe is an associate professor of poetry at Indiana University and teaches in --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08GM9ZCBC
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ University of Pittsburgh Press; 1st edition (8 September 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1275 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 88 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 0822966239
  • Customer Reviews:
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