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By Ada Limon | Comments: ( 224 ) | Date: ( Feb 25, 2020 )

Bright Dead Things examines the chaos that is life, the dangerous thrill of living in a world you know you have to leave one day, and the search to find something that is ultimately disorderly, and marvelous, and ours A book of bravado and introspection, of 21st century feminist swagger and harrowing terror and loss, this fourth collection considers how we build our idenBright Dead Things examines the chaos that is life, the dangerous thrill of living in a world you know you have to leave one day, and the search to find something that is ultimately disorderly, and marvelous, and ours A book of bravado and introspection, of 21st century feminist swagger and harrowing terror and loss, this fourth collection considers how we build our identities out of place and human contact tracing in intimate detail the various ways the speaker s sense of self both shifts and perseveres as she moves from New York City to rural Kentucky, loses a dear parent, ages past the capriciousness of youth, and falls in love Lim n has often been a poet who wears her heart on her sleeve, but in these extraordinary poems that heart becomes a huge beating genius machine striving to embrace and understand the fullness of the present moment I am beautiful I am full of love I am dying, the poet writes Building on the legacies of forebears such as Frank O Hara, Sharon Olds, and Mark Doty, Lim n s work is consistently generous and accessible though every observed moment feels complexly thought, felt, and lived.

  • Title: Bright Dead Things
  • Author: Ada Limon
  • ISBN: 9781571314710
  • Page: 413
  • Format: Paperback

About Author:

Ada Limon

Ada Lim n is the author of three books of poetry, Lucky Wreck, This Big Fake World, and Sharks in the Rivers She received her Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from New York University Lim n has received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, and was one of the judges for the 2013 National Book Award in Poetry She works as a creative writing instructor and a freelance writer while splitting her time between Lexington, Kentucky and Sonoma, California with a great deal of New York in between Her new book of poems, Bright Dead Things is forthcoming from Milkweed Editions in 2015.

Comments Bright Dead Things

  • Carmen

    Ada Limón is an amazing poet, with a strong distinctive voice. A feminist, rough-edged, American Latina, Kentucky/NYC/California/Nebraska/Tennessee voice. It's very good.I'll show you some examples. I'll hide them under spoilers because I know some people don't like poetry. So, you can only read the ones that interest you or none at all.Feminist/womanhood(view spoiler)[HOW TO TRIUMPH LIKE A GIRLI like the lady horses best,how they make it all look easy,like running 40 miles per hour is as fun a [...]

  • Ellie

    This book made me want to be a poet. To make magic with words. To carve out beautiful, vivid, life-filled moments, to define grief or lust or both together.This book made me write, such as I do. The words made me come to life, as only poetry can. It made me feel young again and my own age at the same time.Limon writes about longing, and loss (her poems about her stepmother's death brought me painfully back to my mother's dying), and making a life. About New York City and Kentucky and other space [...]

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)

    These poems are in four numbered sections. The first seems to be about dislocation and isolation, the second about loss and grief.I found most of the poems I liked in section three.Some highlights:Glow"Before now, I don'tknow if I have ever loved anyone, or ifI have ever been loved, but men havebeen very good to me, have seenmy absurd out-of-place-ness, my bentgrin and un-called-for loud laughand have wanted to love me for it,have been so warm in their wantingthat sometimes I wanted to love them [...]

  • Brian

    Each of these poems has a weight measured in depth; as a collection they create a perfect circle of teeth-gnashing humanity - a circumference dotted with points of joy, pain, celebration, humor and loss.I was fortunate to see Limón in July of this year doing a reading here in Northern California. She read 11 poems, most of them new work - her presence and narrative voice complemented the words in poetic totality. I wish that she had read "The Great Blue Heron of Dunbar Road" found in this colle [...]

  • Jenna

    I am gleaming. Promise you'll see me gleam.-Ada Limon, from "Lashed to the Helm, All Stiff and Stark"I went to this book seeking solace on the week of the Orlando massacre, the deadliest mass shooting in recent U.S. history, which was also a hate crime targeting the LGBTQ community and the Latinx community. I went to this book because I craved optimism and hope at a time when those qualities seemed hard to come by. And it's true that Ada Limon's strong-voiced lyric poems are woven through with p [...]

  • Laura McNeal

    Approachable in the nicest possible way, by which I mean you re-read lines for the thrill of hearing them again in your head, not because you're confused. Intelligent and warm and surprising and unafraid of simple candor. Like "Miracle Fish, a prose poem that begins "I used to pretend to believe in God. Mainly, I liked so much to talk to someone in the dark." I also love the poems that tell longer, more complicated stories, all of which seem personal and yet circumspect. There's a palpable sense [...]

  • Sharon

    As a poet, I read a lot of books of poetry. I read to challenge my own writing, to introduce myself to new-to-me poets, and to keep up with what is being valued by the publishing/literary community. Mostly, I read books of poetry for pure pleasure. What I want from a book of poetry is sonic pleasure, intelligent word-play, a noticeable attention to individual word choice and images, and depth. It is rare when I find a complete book of poems that holds me and amazes me from beginning to the end o [...]

  • Mark

    Obviously, I am still learning the nuances of poetry but boy, when I read something special, it really resonates and clambers around in my skull, like a bat loose in the house. This collection, Bright Dead Things is filled with moments like this and I can not recommend it higher. Please try it for yourself and I am going to seek out her earlier work.

  • Ken

    Ada Limon writes accessible and easily digestible poems, a plus from the start. Among the themes treated here are being a woman, being Mexican, and, in one section, death--specifically the death of her step-mother, which became grist for a set of poems.Some cool lines I jotted down as I read are as follows:"I'm like a fence, or a cow, or that word, yonder""not just to let the savage grass grow.""the clowned-out clouds""spring's pushed out every tizzy-tongued flower known to the valley's bosom of [...]

  • S.

    This includes some stellar poems including the one that convinced me to buy it, How To Triumph Like A Girl. (link: gulfcoastmag/journal/252/h)These poems are confident and work with admirable chutzpah, but there’s nothing arrogant or condescending about them. Limon has a great voice and you just kind of want to be friends with her. (If only she’d run for president!) The poems are accessible and honest, sometimes funny, sometimes daring, often optimistic. I like that. The setting is mostly ta [...]

  • Erica

    Really well-wrought lyrical confessional poems with a hint of ironic distancing and the flat-surprise tone that is the earmark of contemporary young mainstream poets. Lovely for its thing, which is not my thing.

  • Adriana Martinez Figueroa

    i was trying to come up with words to review this book but what came out was the following:I visualized this book like a valley. You’re writing under a tree that’s turning in autumn. Sometimes there are occasional clouds crossing the valley, casting shadows along the way that remind you of an emotion you saw once one the face of someone you loved. When you run out of words to write down, you unravel the leash you had your horse tied to and climb on. You gallop home, to the person you’re gr [...]

  • Elena ( The Queen Reads )

    So instead, we looked up at the unruly sky, its clouds in simple animal shapes we could name though we knew they were really just clouds— disorderly, and marvelous, and ours.

  • Alarie

    I’m grateful to another reviewer who introduced me to Ada Limon’s work with a link to the first poem, “How to Triumph like a Girl.” Not surprisingly, that poem won a Pushcart Prize. It also sent me straight to to place a book order. I love everything about Limon’s poems, their strong feminism, their humor and humanity, and their accessibility. I especially love how she deals with difficult issues that face us all (death, hospice, love entanglements), yet manages to leave us feeling up [...]

  • Marin

    This is a treasure chest of poems. Honestly, when I heard the words 'positive" and "optimistic" used to describe these poems, I was skeptical. Then I started reading and the poems not only ring true but draw up a strength and longing that you never knew you had or that has run aground. This is a necessary book that I will be returning to often. My favourite poems are: 'How to Triumph Like a Girl," "State Bird,"Miracle Fish", "The Riveter", "The Vine", "We Are Surprised", "The Long Ride", "The Wi [...]

  • Melissa

    I've always been a fan of Limon's work. This particularly book is so heartbreaking and beautiful. It mourns and celebrates and questions. It finds a pulse in the silence: "I'm learning so many different ways to be quiet." The collection also has so many witty lines; I smiled and chuckled as much as I teared up. The moment I finished the book, I began reading poems again. Limon certainly "triumphs like a girl."

  • Michelle

    Oh my gosh, these poems! Tore me open then put on a salve. So good, so necessary. Took me a few days to read because I kept going back to certain poems.

  • Chelsea

    Ada Limón's Bright Dead Things illuminates life's great and small tragedies and triumphs, allowing even death to shine, as the collection's title suggests. This is one of the most impressively crafted books of poems that I have read; the narrative is so fluid that any question asked by a poem is subsequently answered by the poems that follow it, despite the collection's many themes and turns. In one of my favorite poems of the collection, "The Rewilding," Limón asks, "What should we believe in [...]

  • Daniel Klawitter

    "There remains the mystery of how the pupil devoursso much bastard beauty." This one line from the poem "The Rewilding" captures my own response to this marvelously rich collection of poems. Traversing the country of the heart as well as the actual landscapes of Kentucky and New York (where the poet divides her time), we as readers are treated as fellow travelersivileged to have Ada Limon as our generous guide to striking emotional landscapes, audacious metaphors, and heart-wise reflections of p [...]

  • L.A.

    An amazing collection of poetry that deserves every good critical review it's received.Good poetry is visceral. It smacks you across the face with an image, or stabs you in the heart with an observation, or blows your mind with a comparison of things you had never before put together. Racism and goats, for example, or being Latinx and prickly pears. By all of which I mean, oh my stars, if you like poetry and don't read this book, you are just plain missing out.Even if you don't like poetry, you [...]

  • D.A. Gray

    The speaker in Ada Limon’s poems seems at first glance to focus on the confessional, letting the reader see her sadness and her moments of epiphany. By the end, this reader realizes these seemingly personal poems touch on the universal, showingus Blake-style, the universe in a grain of sand. The reader sees New York City, Kentucky and places out west through her eyes and in many of the poems the act of pulling up roots and setting them down in a new place shows reasons a speaker might be tempt [...]

  • Kathleen

    Take my rating with a grain of salt! Tried reading poetry because, why not, and it's still as abstruse as when I tried to read it in high school. I must say that, being contemporary, these poems felt much more fresh and readable than anything I'd attempted in the past, but poetry is still not my thing. There were actually a number of poems in this collection that I liked very much! The poems are slightly dark and a little sarcastic, which I liked. I actually really enjoyed the structureless poem [...]

  • Alix

    ahh! what a marvelous way to start my new year with such a powerful distinctive voice in literature.Somewhere I had heard that, after noting the lackof water pressure in an old hotel in Los Angeles,they found a woman’s body at the bottomof the cistern.Imagine, just thinking the water was low, just wantingto take a shower.After that, when the water would act weird,spurt, or gurgle, I’d imagine a body, a woman, a mejust years ago, freely single, happily unaccounted for,at the lowest curve of t [...]

  • Melissa Reddish

    A phenomenal collection-- one of my favorites of 2015, perhaps ever. There isn't a weak poem in the collection-- each is a brightly lit tendril creeping into your darkest places. These poems are accessible without being simplistic, sincere without being mawkish. Everyone should read this collection immediately.

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  • Sally

    I am sure I will come back to this collection again and again. Grounded in reality, but reaching for the divine that storms within our selves and between ourselves.

  • Anna W.

    I happenstanced across this collection at my local library (which isn't exactly up-to-date in the poetry section) and I was happily blown away by Limon's poetry. I state my case: But love is impossible and it goes on despite the impossible. You're the muscle I cut from the bone and still the boneremembers, still it wants (so much, it wants)the flesh back, the real thing, if only to rail against it, if onlyto argue and fight, if only to missa solve-able absence.-In a Mexican Restaurant I Recall H [...]

  • Stephanie

    Her words taste so good.-----Some lines I want to remember:"I'm thinking about people and trees and how I wish I could be silent more, be more tree than anything else, less clumsy and loud, less crow, more cool white pine, and how it's hard not to always want something else, not just to let the savage grass grow.""I swear, I'll try harder not to miss as much: the tree, or how your fingers under still sleep-stunned sheetscoaxed all my colors back.""ere is so much to remember and swallow.""The hea [...]

  • Jess

    "What I mean is: none of this is chaos.Immigration, cross the river, the blood of us.It goes like this: water, land, water. Like a waltz."This was a beautiful, beautiful collection. I feel like a lot of popular poetry I hear about lately/see recced constantly (not naming names) is all about making explicit, sweeping, often cliche statements, and it just never really gets me. I don't like when there's nothing to unpack, nothing that sits on your tongue for longer than a minute. What I find compel [...]

  • Nick

    I had the pleasure of seeing Ada Limon speak and perform a few of the poems through this collection at Denver University a few weeks ago. Afterwards I felt as if my body was raw and left out in the cool grass under dusk. Limon has such a strong voice, and her poems read just as powerful, with an unignorable aloofness to them. Her idiosyncrasy with 'place' is paraded throughout Bright Dead Things, and make your inner wanderlust crave, yet without taking away the sense of home that sits right unde [...]

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