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Bringing the Shovel Down
by Ross Gay
University of Pittsburgh Press, 2011
Paper: 978-0-8229-6135-2 | eISBN: 978-0-8229-9119-9
Library of Congress Classification PS3607.A9857B75 2011
Dewey Decimal Classification 811.6

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

"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 Transtromer'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


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