Ross Gay Poems

Ross Gay is an important contemporary poet. He is the author of collections of poetry and a collection of essays, The Book of Delights. Gay has one numerous poetic awards including the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award.

A Small Needful Fact

by Ross Gay

‘A Small Needful Fact’ by Ross Gay is a powerful poem that presents an image of hope and beauty after a loss. The poem addresses the legacy of Eric Garner and how one might still find his presence in the world. 

This is one of Ross Gay's best-known and commonly read poems. The piece is incredibly powerful and highly relatable. The poem explores the loss of Black lives through violence around the United States and highlights the life and death of Eric Gardner in 2015.

Is that Eric Garner worked

for some time for the Parks and Rec.

Horticultural Department, which means,

perhaps, that with his very large hands,

Ending the Estrangement

by Ross Gay

Ross Gay’s ‘Ending the Estrangement’ is a poem capturing a speaker’s longing to be with his mother who has died.

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