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Ross Gay



Of Light and Darkness: Gerald Stern and Ross Gay



Ross Gay

In Ross Gay's first book, Against Which, his poetry embraces the physicality of a violent and dark world with emotionally searing language. Evocative and vibrant, his is a new and welcome voice. Ross Gay's poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Atlanta Review, and Harvard Review among other places.

 

 

The Cleave

 

The ache you speak of feeling
when you leave your sleeping child, let
it swell unto a wail ageless as the wind
spit from wavebreaks, feel it in the baby's
milky breath and gaze past even
you, that weave of grief and rapture,
the ceaseless cleave, the please,
don't leave.

 

 

From Against Which copyright © 2006 by Ross Gay, published by CavanKerry Press. Used with permission.

 

 
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