The Carrying: Poems
ISBN: 1571315136
EAN13: 9781571315137
Language: English
Pages: 120
Dimensions: 1" H x 8.5" L x 5.5" W
Weight: 1.113334 lbs.
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From National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award finalist Ada Limon comes The Carrying--her most powerful collection yet.

Vulnerable, tender, acute, these are serious poems, brave poems, exploring with honesty the ambiguous moment between the rapture of youth and the grace of acceptance. A daughter tends to aging parents. A woman struggles with infertility--What if, instead of carrying / a child, I am supposed to carry grief?--and a body seized by pain and vertigo as well as ecstasy. A nation convulses: Every song of this country / has an unsung third stanza, something brutal. And still Limon shows us, as ever, the persistence of hunger, love, and joy, the dizzying fullness of our too-short lives. Fine then, / I'll take it, she writes. I'll take it all.

In Bright Dead Things, Limon showed us a heart giant with power, heavy with blood--the huge beating genius machine / that thinks, no, it knows, / it's going to come in first. In her follow-up collection, that heart is on full display--even as The Carrying continues further and deeper into the bloodstream, following the hard-won truth of what it means to live in an imperfect world.

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   This is a voice to love
This is a voice that is wise and I mean wise in the sense of enclosure of her world. A voice engaged in the nurturing of that world. This is an earth voiced by mother's children and the voice of a woman who is childless. But she can not help, but instead nourish nature, sustain her mate, bond with sparrows over birdsong. This is a writer who loves writing with a sincere, generous spirit, giving her ideas and emotions life and allowing her to breathe. I am looking forward to reading her other collections. She picked me back and took me to the ground, thus bringing me to a very pure place.
   Luscious imagery, wonderful stories
Ada Limón is a great poet whose writing is pedestrian, but never ordinary, mystical, but never nostalgic, satisfying, yet not larded stories. This is one of those books that I read and re-read, never in the same order.
   Overrated. Where is the interest in language here? Or lines?
A few competent poems : Makes you feel good for all the other books that should have been nominated for awards last year.
   A compelling and important collection of poems.
Lovely, provocative, luminous, and vulnerable poems are written. In the midst of it all, Limon addresses deep questions of life with grace and honesty.
   A brooding journey
Living with severe medical issues, mortality, nature, parenting, infertility, self-worth, love. Those are what spoke to me – you can draw others. As with all collections of poetry, some spoke more to me than others. I particularly enjoyed trying, and those who spoke similarly in the face of mortality to finding purpose. The overall mood of the poems seemed depressing and dark ; there was always a pall over the narrator. The language of the author was less literal and more figurative.
   Good work from an emerging voice
Nothing can reach the pinnacle of Bright Dead Things, but the poems here are above most contemporaries head and shoulders.
   electric beauty
This is not a book of poems, this is a beautiful, electric, alive storm. Sometimes it is painful and heartbreaking, but it is always full of light.