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The Book of Delights

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The Book of Delights The Book of Delights

The Book of Delights

On his 42nd birthday, award-winning poet Ross Gay embarked upon a yearlong “delight practice.” This involved sitting down for 30 minutes each day to write about whatever moved him to feel joy. He soon discovered that the practice, in addition to being fun, helped attune him to small wonders in his world that he had been missing.
“It’s a mistake to imagine that what is brutal or awful is the only thing worth talking about,” notes Gay, the author of three poetry collections and a cofounding editor of an online sports magazine. “Primarily because the brutal and the awful and the harsh are not the only things. I mean, what is the world in which the only thing worth talking about or thinking about or meditating on or studying — the only thing worthy of our fullest attention — is that which sucks"”
Gay’s practice led to The Book of Delights, a series of “essayettes” describing his various daily joys: the high-five of a stranger in a coffee shop, the reclamation of the word “bombing” to describe biking fast down a hill, the pleasing disruption of being a black man expressing delight in a world that usually associates blackness with suffering.
Most surprisingly, the Indiana University professor and board member of the Bloomington Community Orchard learned that delight and joy required not avoiding the difficult but embracing it. Gay’s book shows that unconditional love for everyday life isn’t only possible — it’s a pleasure.
Experience Life | Can you define delight"
Ross Gay | Not really. It’s a feeling, and I’ll think, That’s delightful. And then I’m like, What is that" What made that delightful" What was so fun about the project was to notice, Oh, that thing brings me pleasure. That thing makes me want to tell my neighbor, “Hey, check that out.”
EL | Did you face any difficulties in writing about delight"
RG | Because I was mostly sitting down to write about something that delighted me, there weren’t a lot of impediments. Yet it’s still kind of a chore, to every day say what you love. We’re not encouraged to sit down and focus on what delights us. Often, we’re encouraged to say what we hate.
EL | What did you learn from that year"
RG | After it was done, I started to realize that my real question is joy. I think joy happens when the luminosity of our interconnectedness is being revealed — our deep, abiding, total interconnectedness. That understanding is my curiosity. How can I deepen that understanding, that belief, and that awareness that we’re all connected"
EL | Are delight and gratitude related"
RG | I feel like real gratitude — not the happy, commercialized gratitude industry, which is as much a potential brutality as anything else — has to do with the profound generosity of the earth allowing us to be here for a...
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