2016/07/20

BOOK REVIEW:
CATALOG OF UNABASHED GRATITUDE BY ROSS GAY

Title: Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude
Author: Ross Gay
Published: 2015
Language: English
Pages: 112
Rating: 2/5


Summary:
This is a collection of poetry meditating on loved ones, the seasons, the earth - all which is passing.


Review:
I bought this book because of it's absolutely beautiful cover and the fact that it won the National Book Award, which made me have rather high expectations. I was so sure I was going to love this, but I'm afraid I didn't.

I really enjoyed the themes of nature, which I found the author captured beautifully. I found the entire collection to be hopeful and loving and well-written. There are lots of sentences in this, parts of poems that really capture something special.

That being said, I did not myself find a connection in any of the poetry. I didn't feel pulled in or captured. It might have something to do with the style, I'm not quite sure. Sometimes when I started a poem I was quite interested but then my interest tapered off as the poem dragged on for pages.

I was initially going to give this three stars, but having mulled it over for a couple of days, none of the poems in this has stuck with me, which is rather sad. I can see the talent, but I can't feel the connection.

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