The Carrying

Ada Limon

The Carrying
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The Carrying

Ada Limon

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.

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