Forrest Gander

Pulitzer Prize Finalist, National Book Critics Circle Finalist

Be With, New Directions

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Forrest Gander, Be With
(New Directions)

There is a line from this collection of poems that has stuck with me since I read it back in the summer: “At which point the driver turned and said it doesn’t need to be / your fault to break you.” Much of
Be With was written in the wake of profound loss, specifically, the death of Gander’s wife, the poet C.D. Wright, and though the depth of the sadness that sounds throughout these poems sometimes feels without bottom, it is nonetheless lit with a sly grace that recognizes none of this is our fault.

–Jonny Diamond, Lit Hub editor in chief