The Carrying: Poems

From National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award finalist Ada Limón 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 joy 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 Limón shows us, as ever, the persistence of hunger, love, and joy, the dizzying fullness of our too-short lives. “ Fine then,/ I ’ ll ake it, ” she explain. “ I ’ ll ake it all. ”

In Bright Dead Things, Limón showed us a heart “ giant with power, heavy with blood ” — “ the huge beating genius machine/ that thinks, no, it feels,/ it ’ s oing to g 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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The Carrying: Poems
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Published August 14th 2018 by Milkweed Editions

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The Carrying doubles down on the theme of connecting to nature from her previous collection, Bright Dead Things, and explores some new territory as well, such as fertility and more overtly political poems.

I was eminded of Rebecca Solnit 's book Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities, wherein Solnit argues for the possibility of hope, and points to past political movements for proof that even the seemingly impossible can be made possible through persistence and determined positivity.

Another is a collection about the choices we make to get through he day, the thing we love the people we love, and the words we write to ground us.I hesitate to share too many quotes because I think these poems deserve to be read without prior expectations.

On the real though, Ada Limón is truly a poet for our time, and I know anyone should read this collection, especiall if poetry is not normally their jam.

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Thi narrator becomes mad at a boy, Griffin, after he dies from an overdose in their dorm at college.

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What wil appen if we wanted to survive more?

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