The Carrying: Poems
Publisher Price: $16.00
Publisher: Milkweed Ed
Published: Apr 13 2021
Height: 0.50 Width: 5.30 Depth: 8.30
WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD
FINALIST FOR THE PEN/JEAN STEIN BOOK AWARD
From U.S. Poet Laureate 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 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 Limón 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, Limón 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.