Be with (Paperback)

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It seems almost too easy to select a recent winner of the Pulitzer Prize for a staff recommendation, but Be With is worthy of the accolades it has garnered. A fellow EBBCo staff member introduced me to Gander's work a couple of months ago, and I've been quietly devouring his oeuvre ever since. In this collection we find some of Gander’s central concerns and original contributions distilled, by the sudden death of his wife, poet CD Wright, into a visceral lament: a life is at once biological and social, "exquisitely singular" and intimately plural, grief shatters all. In the opening poem he writes, You lug a bacterial swarm / in the crook of your knee…Who is ever only themselves? Has ever a more devastatingly beautiful elegy been penned?

— From Cate

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WINNER OF THE 2019 PULITZER PRIZE IN POETRY
LONGLISTED FOR THE 2018 NATIONAL BOOK AWARD
Publishers Weekly Best Poetry Book of 2018


Forrest Gander's first book of poems since his Pulitzer finalist Core Samples from the World: a startling look through loss, grief, and regret into the exquisite nature of intimacy

Product Details
ISBN: 9780811226059
ISBN-10: 0811226050
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication Date: August 28th, 2018
Pages: 80
Language: English