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bostonpoetryslam · 2 days ago
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I think poetry is a way of carrying grief, but it’s also a way of putting it somewhere so I don’t always have to heave it onto my back or in my body. The more I put grief in a poem, the more I am able to move freely through the world because I have named it, spoken it, and thrown it out into the sky.
Ada Limón, interviewed by Lauren LeBlanc for BOMB Magazine
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decreation · 14 hours ago
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I have always been too sensitive, a weeper            from a long line of weepers. I am the hurting kind.
“The Hurting Kind” by Ada Limón
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bellsofatlantis · 5 months ago
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Ada Limón, from The Carrying; “Sometimes I think my body leaves a shape in the air”
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araekni · 2 months ago
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for request, may I ask for something with the theme "devotion as violence?"
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@achillics, vulnerability
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Joan Tierney (x)
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Richard Siken, Wishbone
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Ada Limón, The Good Fight
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José Olivarez, I Wake in a Field of Wolves with the Moon
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Lady Gaga, Judas
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@bipeds (x)
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Tom Lehrer, The Masochism Tango
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Yves Olade, When Rome Falls
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Florence + The Machine, Kiss With a Fist
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Schuyler Peck, Horoscope for the Heartbroken
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Venetta Octavia, I Set It in Stone
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@heavensghost, Dead Girls Don’t Lie
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Richard Siken, Snow and Dirty Rain
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Dead Girl Walking, from Heathers: The Musical
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Terrence Hayes, American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin
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Richard Siken, Primer for the Small Weird Loves
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Margaret Atwood, We are hard
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softhe4rted · 4 months ago
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on growing ada limón, trying // florence + the machine, south london forever // felicia chiao // phoebe bridgers, garden song // ada limón, the burying beetle // shinsyl, "an afternoon in the garden" // edvan munch // ada limón, sparrow what did you say? // mary oliver, letter to _____. // amandina catrala
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antigonick · 6 months ago
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There’s how I don’t answer the phone, and how I sometimes like to lie down on the floor in the kitchen and pretend I’m not home when people knock. There’s daytime silent when I stare, and a nighttime silent when I do things. There’s shower silent and bath silent and [...] car silent and then there’s the silence that comes back, a million times bigger than me, sneaks into my bones and wails and wails and wails until I can’t be quiet anymore. That’s how this machine works.
Ada Limón, excerpt of “The Quiet Machine”, in Bright Dead Things
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arthuriankings · 11 months ago
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the front bottoms, twin size mattress // @rbhvleo​ on tumblr // richard siken, crush (little beast) // taylor swift, cruel summer // unknown source // ada limón, bright dead things //  margaret atwood, we are hard // ocean vuong, on earth we’re briefly gorgeous // @normal-horoscopes​ on tumblr // halsey, trouble (stripped) //  richard siken, crush (scheherazade) // louise glück // richard siken, a primer for small weird loves // @bipeds 
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indeskidgepoetry · 3 months ago
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So then actually the process of praising and the process of noticing and the process of attention to the good things and the process of loving and the process of noticing the music of the world – I think that is as important and as necessary as witnessing and naming and holding the grief and sorrow that comes with being alive.
“Ada Limón on Resilience, Writing to Keep Going, and ‘Lucky Wreck’”, interview with Justin Evans, in South Review of Books, April 2, 2021
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jaamun · 4 months ago
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We need to learn that a poem can have many meanings and that it can be enjoyed without a complete understanding of the poet's intent
On a good day a poem might bring you great joy, on a tough day, the same poem might reveal great agony, but the poem hasn't changed—it's what you have brought to the poem that has changed
That is how I have come to think about poetry—that a poem isn't a problem to solve, but rather it's a singular animal call that contains multiple layers of both mystery and joy.
- Mystery & Birds: 5 Ways to Practice Poetry, Ada Limon
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apoemaday · 2 months ago
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What I Didn’t Know Before
by Ada Limón
was how horses simply give birth to other horses. Not a baby by any means, not a creature of liminal spaces, but a four-legged beast hellbent on walking, scrambling after the mother. A horse gives way to another horse and then suddenly there are two horses, just like that. That’s how I loved you. You, off the long train from Red Bank carrying a coffee as big as your arm, a bag with two computers swinging in it unwieldily at your side. I remember we broke into laughter when we saw each other. What was between us wasn’t a fragile thing to be coddled, cooed over. It came out fully formed, ready to run.
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bostonpoetryslam · 3 months ago
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My husband called me to tell me he had spent the evening thinking about an artist who killed himself. He said he had imagined the bridge he jumped off was small, quaint, something out of an Elizabethan novel, but instead it was an enormous busy overpass, like the Golden Gate or the Bay Bridge. Somehow that made him sadder. As you age, all the romance of suicide is sucked out. Another friend calls to tell me she is thinking of all the poets that have died before the age of fifty. How that used to sound old, and now it sounds so young. In an interview someone asked me why I chose to talk about Muriel Rukeyser rather than Plath or Sexton and I said, 'Because she lived.' I worry about how we celebrate women poets who committed suicide young. Is it because they don’t have bodies anymore? Is it easier to love a woman who cannot talk back? Cannot be more than words on a page? Cannot age in a body?
Ada Limón on Preparing the Body for a Reopened World, for Lit Hub
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undercvermartyn · 21 days ago
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To the Desert, Benjamin Alire Sáenz | Your Love Finds Its Way Back, Sierra DeMulder | Love, as Defined by Children, Ben Witherington | Last Night I Sang to the Monster, Benjamin Alire Sáenz | Accident Report in the Tall, Tall Weeds, Ada Limón | Saying Your Names, Richard Siken | The Song of Achilles, Madeline Miller
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girlroach · 4 months ago
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-Ada Limón, The Carrying; “Mastering”
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metamorphesque · 3 months ago
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What do you call the animal that, finding the hunter, offers itself to be eaten? A martyr? A weakling? | Ocean Vuong
1. Richard Siken | 2. Nickie Zimov | 3. Natalie Diaz | 4. Malcolm T Liepke | 5. Franz Kafka | 6. Ron Hicks | 7. Ada Limón | 8. Peter Wever | 9. Emma Lister | 10. Nickie Zimov | 11. Joy Ladin | 12. Jen Mazza | 13. Ocean Vuong
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luthienne · a year ago
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Ada Limón, Bright Dead Things; “The Good Fight”
[Text ID: How do you love? Like a fist. Like a knife. ]
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araekni · 22 days ago
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If you feel so inspired!: optimism through continued tragedy. trying despite despite despite
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Joel Osteen, It’s Your Time (paraphrased)
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Cheryl Strayed, Tiny Beautiful Things
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Kent M. Keith, The Paradoxical Commandments
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Road To Hell II from Hadestown
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Elisabeth Hewer / @elisabethhewer, the greek tragedy i’ll never write
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Ellen Bass, The Thing Is
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Ada Limón, The Conditional
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embossedsoul · 4 months ago
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miracle fish, ada limón
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bellsofatlantis · 10 months ago
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Ada Limón, from Bright Dead Things, “In A Mexican Restaurant I recall How Much You Upset Me”
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