Inheriting Weight continues the true story of David A. Kates, who, after losing his beloved mother to cancer, picks up life’s pieces and starts fresh. David is inspired by all that he has inherited--physical, emotional, and spiritual gifts. The poems are distinctly influenced by images of nature, multi-genre music, global travel, and relationships with friends and family. It is a memoir of fervent renewal after tremendous loss.
"In this second collection of poems paying homage to his mother, David Kates confronts the paradox of his inheritance. Inheriting Weight deepens and widens the exploration of life and love, this time tracing concentric circles around the spirit of loss. … A brilliant collection of work."
—Martha Fuller, Instructor, Otis College of Art + Design, UC Irvine Extension, Bowers Museum, and Skirball Cultural Center
"Breathlessly honest, sad, and perceptive all at the same time."
—Victoria Chang, Bourne Chair in Poetry at Georgia Tech and Director of Poetry@Tech; winner of Guggenheim Fellowship and the Chowdhury Prize in Literature.