Bright Dead Things: Poems (Paperback)

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Each of Limon’s poems are like small fires, each wild, each illuminating. Like a torch held towards the loss of a parent, a disruptive move, the fact of aging, love, each poem offers a restorative glimpse of beauty within the mess and the hardness. Together, these are poems that both mourn and celebrate the fleeting, impossible-to-explain life. Reading them was a gift, and a consolation. Because, at the end, it becomes easier to believe that any form or style of life is enough, no matter its end shape.


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Finalist for the National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award
A Best Poetry Book of 2015: New York Times and Buzzfeed

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. 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.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781571314710
ISBN-10: 1571314717
Publisher: Milkweed Editions
Publication Date: September 15th, 2015
Pages: 128
Language: English