Poet Ross Gay and ‘The Book of (More) Delights’

Poet and writer Ross Gay explains ways to find delight in everyday life, even when we are feeling grief or sorrow.

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(photo credit, Natasha Komoda)

(photo credit, Natasha Komoda)

Ross Gay gave himself an assignment: notice something that gave him delight, write about it quickly and in longhand, every day for a year. His new book, The Book of (More) Delights is about paying attention to the world around him and being attuned to joy and gratitude. It’s a sequel to his bestselling The Book of Delights.

Ross Gay joins us to talk about the connection between joy and sorrow, which he compares to the underground fungal networks of the forest. Gay teaches writing at Indiana University and grew up in Bucks County, a diehard fan of the 76ers. So we’ll also talk about his book length poem, Be Holding, an ode to Dr. J’s gravity-defying layup. [originally aired September 22]

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