Discovery Poetry: Ada Limón

We are so excited to announce a new type of book gathering at Pages, Discover Poetry. This month we are partnering with Kassy Lee, a Postgraduate Zell Fellow at the University of Michigan and will dive into Ada Limon's "The Carrying", a vulnerable, brave, and tender account of a woman's struggles with infertility and what it means to be a mother.

Similar to a book club, we will be discussing Ada Limon's collection of poetry. However, the focus will be on giving you a chance to learn and discover the art of poetry in a casual and fun way. We hope you will join us in this discussion and discover the art of poetry along the way! 

All are welcome. You can purchase your copy of "They Carrying" here.

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About The Carrying 

Available for the first time in paperback, The Carrying--winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and a finalist for the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award--is Ada Lim n's 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 Lim n 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."

In Bright Dead Things, Lim n showed us a heart "giant with power, heavy with blood"--"the huge beating genius machine / that thinks, no, it knows, / it's going to come in first." In her follow-up collection, that heart is on full display--even as The Carrying continues further and deeper into the bloodstream, following the hard-won truth of what it means to live in an imperfect world.


Event date: 
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Event address: 
The Carrying: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9781571315137
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Milkweed Editions - April 13th, 2021