Carrying

Limon, Ada

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From National Book Critics Circle Award Winner 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 ageing 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.

'Exquisite poems about love, fertility, desire, this natural world we move through, the political climate, so much more' Roxane Gay

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