The Carrying: Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry

Ada Limon

The Carrying: Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry
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The Carrying: Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry

Ada Limon

Winner of the 2018 National Book Critics Circle Award for Poetry

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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