Life, death, and every minor phenomenon in between feels more vivid in Gander’s heartbreaking work.

Publishers Weekly (starred)

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

Be With

Poetry by Forrest Gander

Drawing from his experience as a translator, Forrest Gander includes in the first, powerfully elegiac section a version of a poem by the Spanish mystical poet St. John of the Cross. He continues with a long multilingual poem examining the syncretic geological and cultural history of the U.S. border with Mexico. The poems of the third section—a moving transcription of Gander’s efforts to address his mother dying of Alzheimer’s—rise from the page like hymns, transforming slowly from reverence to revelation. Gander has been called one of our most formally restless poets, and these new poems express a characteristically tensile energy and, as one critic noted, “the most eclectic diction since Hart Crane.”

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Paperback (published August 28, 2018)

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Forrest Gander

American poet, novelist, and translator

Life, death, and every minor phenomenon in between feels more vivid in Gander’s heartbreaking work.

Publishers Weekly (starred)

Be With charts the addled chronology of personal loss. Poetry often creates a supernatural-seeming rapport with the dead, but rarely has the communication between worlds felt so eerily reciprocal.

—Dan Chiasson, The New Yorker

Gander does not turn away from grief but dives into its awful and cathartic cascading beauty that wavers between gravity and weightlessness.

The Arkansas Review

Utterly naked and bereft, elegies, apologies, could-have-beens, Gander grieves and wonders about what’s left in his life. Reading this book may hurt, but it will help people to keep living through what they thought they could never survive.

—Craig Morgan Teicher, NPR

Gander’s love for formal, even archaic language and the quiet complexity of his syntax can build striking abstract landscapes in which the material and spiritual worlds seem equally intelligent.

American Poetry Review

If Gander’s philosophical strain and flamboyant lingo suggest Wallace Stevens, and his conversance with science and his stress on the ‘ongoing’ recall A. R. Ammons, he insinuates a knotty, digressive intensity that is fully his own.

Bookforum

A complex reading experience punctuated by intense beauty.

Washington Post Book World