Bright Dead Things

Bright Dead Things

by Ada Limón

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Bright Dead Things by Ada Limón

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 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. Limón 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, Limón’s work is consistently generous and accessible—though every observed moment feels complexly thought, felt, and lived.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781571314710
Publisher: Milkweed Editions
Publication date: 09/15/2015
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 96,356
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Ada Limón is the author of four poetry collections. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker , The New York Times , American Poetry Review , Oxford American , and Guernica. She lives in Kentucky and California.

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