The Carrying (Paperback)
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The Carrying (Paperback)

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Paperback 128 Pages / Published: 07/03/2019
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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.'

The Carrying leads us deeper towards the hard-won truth of what it means to live in an imperfect world.

Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
ISBN: 9781472154552
Number of pages: 128
Dimensions: 198 x 126 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Exquisite poems about love, fertility, desire, this natural world we move through, the political climate, so much more -- Roxane Gay
[Ada Limon's] new collection is her best yet, a much needed shot if not of hope, then perseverance amid much uncertainty * NPR *
In her dazzling, precise, transformative collection, The Carrying, Ada Limon offers us meditations on mortality, womanhood, the body, and that which grows in the earth, all the while slyly positing: How should we treat each other in this precarious life? Like humans, is her answer. Like humans -- Jami Attenberg
In these poems, joy and longing and grief sing with a music that- regardless of what I am burdened or blessed to carry - makes me want to live passionately and fully in the difficult world. The Carrying is a gift -- Natasha Trethewey, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and former US Poet Laureate
I am thankful for this collection, for its wisdom and generosity, for its insistence on holding tight to beauty even as we face disintegration and destruction -- Celeste Ng, on Bright Dead Things
One of the best books of the year * The Millions *

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