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Digest
Gregory Pardlo



Stahlecker Selections

Four Way
2014 • 84 pp. 6 x 9"
Poetry / Poetry - African American

$15.95 Paperback, 978-1-935536-50-5
$14.99 Ebook, 978-1-935536-81-9

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“…a thrilling, brilliant, and deeply moving ride.” —Nick Flynn

Rich in intertextuality, Digest improvises form and contemplates the canon while pushing us to question the identities we create

From Epicurus to Sam Cooke, the Daily News to Roots, Digest draws from the present and the past to form an intellectual, American identity. In poems that forge their own styles and strategies, we experience dialogues between the written word and other art forms. Within this dialogue we hear Ben Jonson, we meet police K-9s, and we find children negotiating a sense of the world through a father’s eyes and through their own.

A feature about poet Gregory Pardlo appeared in the April 22, 2015 edition of The New York Times.

Reviews / Endorsements

“[T]hese poems are a showcase for Pardlo’s ample and agile mind, his courageous social conscience, and his mighty voice.”—Tracy K. Smith

"I read Digest. And was knocked out. The poems contain multitudes: Brooklyn, fatherhood, academia, music. They sizzle (“I was reborn at the crime scene”). They bite (“Nothing holds a family together like irony and a grudge”). Sometimes they make you laugh out loud (“I finally friended my brother”).”—Head Butler

Awards/Recognition:

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry (2015)
Academy of American Poets (2014) Commendation
Nominated for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work (poetry)


GREGORY PARDLO is the author of the award-winning Totem and translator of Niels Lyngsoe’s Pencil of Rays and Spiked Mace. The recipient of numerous fellowships, he is a PhD candidate in English at the Graduate Center, CUNY and teaches at Columbia University.

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