Bright Dead Things: Poems
  • Bright Dead Things: Poems
  • Bright Dead Things: Poems
  • Bright Dead Things: Poems
ISBN: 1571314717
EAN13: 9781571314710
Language: English
Release Date: Sep 15, 2015
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 0.73" H x 8.43" L x 5.85" W
Weight: 0.79 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Bright Dead Things examines the chaos that is life, the dangerous thrill of living in a world you know you have to leave one day, and the search to find something that is ultimately disorderly, and marvelous, and ours.

A book of bravado and introspection, of 21st century feminist swagger and harrowing terror and loss, this fourth collection considers how we build our identities out of place and human contact--tracing in intimate detail the various ways the speaker's sense of self both shifts and perseveres as she moves from New York City to rural Kentucky, loses a dear parent, ages past the capriciousness of youth, and falls in love. Lim n has often been a poet who wears her heart on her sleeve, but in these extraordinary poems that heart becomes a huge beating genius machine striving to embrace and understand the fullness of the present moment. I am beautiful. I am full of love. I am dying, the poet writes. Building on the legacies of forebears such as Frank O'Hara, Sharon Olds, and Mark Doty, Lim n's work is consistently generous and accessible--though every observed moment feels complexly thought, felt, and lived.

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   Unusually Accessible Poetry That Isn't Easy
I read Big Dead Things for a class on image and metaphor, and this was one of my favorite books on the syllabus. Limon writes with confidence, and almost all of her poems are mini-classes on how to construct an effective poetical argument. Not to say that her poems are *easy '', but most of them are unusually accessible, which I appreciated. Especially as the poems operate better and differently when one returns to engage them for a second or third time.
   Love this book of poems! Reading this Book for the Sixth Time-- It's that good!
This book should have won the National Book Awards... it is that good. Accessible, but interesting, edgy and smart. This is in my top - poetry - books of the year! Recommend it highly!
   Some standout poems, but overall not my cup of tea
The poetry is a personal thing. It is entirely possible to feel the skill of a poet without being moved by their work. That is largely the situation in which I find myself after finishing this book. While a few poems stand out particularly in the second section focused on death and sorrow, most of the collection seemed to fall flat for me. Much of the subject matter simply did not resonate with me and the language of the poems, while clearly assembled by a lyrical poet, lacked the kind of lyrical structure that makes me appreciate the language independent of the content. I don 't recommend it, I say it. This collection, undoubtedly, has an audience. I am actually not a member of that audience.
   Unstoppable Ink
Ada Limon's poetry is unapologetically real, human and powerful. Each poem is a sharp snapshot of urban and rural life, seen through the eyes of a calm-but-not-quite-quiet feminist. There are so many nuggets of truth within the lines of each poem that I found myself writing phrases, snippets and sometimes entire strophes. Both of them are fierce and soft. I believe that anyone who picks Bright Dead Things will find something to enjoy. Whether you are a poetry lover or not, she speaks to you. I highly recommend this book of poetry, filled with her passionate unstoppable ink.