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An exploration of the various ways language can help us transcend both the banal and unusual cruelties which are inevitably delivered to us, and which we equally deliver unto others. These poems comb through violence and love, fear and loss, exploring the common denominators in each. Against Which seeks the ways human beings might transform themselves from participants inAn exploration of the various ways language can help us transcend both the banal and unusual cruelties which are inevitably delivered to us, and which we equally deliver unto others. These poems comb through violence and love, fear and loss, exploring the common denominators in each. Against Which seeks the ways human beings might transform themselves from participants in a thoughtless and brutal world to laborers in a loving one....

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ISBN : 9781933880006
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Number of Pages : 71 Pages
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Against Which Reviews

  • Darryl
    2018-09-17 01:34

    Wow. I kept thinking that this is what you'd get if Walt Whitman grew up in Philadelphia in the late 20th century. Such a great set of poems. Some are a little intense, but most are so beautifully worked. I will be buying some of this guy's books.

  • secondwomn
    2018-08-22 01:42

    3.5 stars, i think. when ross gay is on, he is so very ON.

  • Amy
    2018-08-30 20:40

    Such tenderness in this volume. The opening poem is stunningly tender and even more so because of the subjects, "Two Bikers Embrace on Broad Street." The loss of the father is a primary theme, but the losses of other men pepper the volume, too, including an "ex-Knick" in "Late October in Easton," a lynched man in "Postcard: Lynching of an Unidentified Man, circa 1920," and a friend's father in "Outside the Wake of a Friend's Father." One of my favorite poems is "Song of the Pig Who Gave the Poet, Age 3, Worms" in which the pig speaks to the little boy he's passed his disease along to. The pig knows what people have done to his kin and he wishes to give the same back to this boy, but settles for worms. Never have I read a poem like it.

  • Ja'net
    2018-09-17 02:58

    Oh, Ross Gay, how I love thee. There was a dark part of me that wanted this book to be bad; I guess I wanted to believe that, on some level, someone of Gay's caliber could start out as a weaker writer and just get stronger and stronger. Yes, his work does get stronger, but this debut collection is by no means weak. While he embraces the shorter line in most of these poems, he loses none of the complexity of the longer-lined, 8-12-pagers that appear in his most recent book, and this first book is no less haunting and no less heartbreaking than his other work. I just can't say enough good things about this poet.

  • Barbara
    2018-09-02 00:41

    Beautiful poems. Amidst rage and grief and violence and death, he finds hope and love and compassion.

  • Elizabeth
    2018-08-27 00:47

    I bought this book after hearing Gay read at Asheville Wordfest. I liked his way. Liked the new poems (Syndromes) he was reading. With the book, I was more impressed.... and then also a bit more wary. There are really drop-dead gorgeous poems in here. And Gay is wrestling with some of the big stuff: dead parents, cruelties of childhood,the hard lives of rural working class folks. It’s good poetry. “Against Which” is wonderful. A poem that plays with plot and language and sings. “The Bullet, in Its Hunger”, a persona poem for the bullet voicing its desire to burrow into flesh. I have a few pages in the book dog-eared, my sign of something to return to.

  • Mandy E
    2018-09-12 02:50

    What I love to see is that the joy and exuberance that Gay exudes in his most recent work has been there from the beginning. The way he troubles the relationship between pain and violence and joy feels profound and complex. I also love to witness the tenor of the relationship between Gay and the poet Gerald Stern, who wrote the introduction to this volume and seems to be a kind of mentor to Gay. The tenderness and dialogue between these two men that is opened to the reader (there is also a poem written to/for Stern in this collection) is a privilege to experience.

  • Chris Schaeffer
    2018-09-18 20:47

    I read this in my girlfriend's car on a long drive to Lancaster to visit our departing friends-- or to visit some friends in a new apartment-- either way, somebody leaving or arriving. This book was recommended to me by the sublime Nzadi Keita way back in 2008, and it's a disgrace that I took two years to heed her advice.

  • Kent
    2018-09-15 01:37

    There is a lot I'm impressed with in this book. A LOT! All the poems have so much life and fresh energy. But what I am fascinated with is Gay's facility with violence and the potentially exaggerated scene. It's amazing to me that he could have a poem like "Broken Mania" that still maintains a credible stance for what seems to me incredible.

  • Elliott Battzedek
    2018-08-29 01:48

    In "Against Which" Ross Gay manages to be sparse and musical and honey-thick and world-bitter and hopeful all at the same time. One is not the same after reading a single poem; reading the collection shows why American poetry is exploding in a thousand directions, all of them good.

  • aya
    2018-09-03 01:48

    definitely one of the best books of poetry i've ever read. this guy is absolutely incredible. never sappy, he has whittled everything down to the essentials. what remains is the spine of life without pretensions, posturing or sap. he is a practically perfect poet.

  • Mike Phelan
    2018-09-15 00:57

    I don't know how to review poetry, except to say that I will take the word "rainbathed" with me forever, to link to a reading of "The Bullet, In Its Hunger," and to say that if you read this book, please, please read it out loud.http://www.fishousepoems.org/the-bull...

  • Jessey Nickells
    2018-09-18 22:45

    This was an amazing book to travel with. I found myself re-reading poem after poem, wanting to turn and exchange it with the person next to me. There is something about Ross' experiences that make you homesick for the connections you could make.

  • Jana
    2018-09-16 23:45

    went to a poetry reading by ross, who is a regular at my job, and a friend of his. was blown away by his words, couldn't breathe half the time, so cool to actually know a poet whose words i love. reading his book propels my brain into writing mode.

  • Milo
    2018-09-20 22:56

    Ross Gay is a treasure who deserves all the good things for writing these amazing, powerful, soft poems and allowing us to read them.

  • Andrew
    2018-09-06 23:48

    "The Walk" is very nice.

  • D
    2018-09-04 23:48

    Brilliant

  • Abby
    2018-08-28 20:57

    Intense!

  • Jenni
    2018-09-07 23:32

    Good first book. Some truly excellent poems, one of the better first books I've read.

  • Jenny Nolan
    2018-09-20 02:45

    Ross Gay is an incredibly talented poet. This is one you will go back to time and time again, finding new meaning and inspiration in his words.

  • Adrian
    2018-09-06 18:35

    Powerful and articulate poetry; muscular verse.